Nestled in the gently rolling hills of the Northeast Mississippi county of Pontotoc are 123 acres of pristine orchards. Cherry Creek Orchards was established by the Adrian family in 1981, and the orchards’ second owner, Ray Stark, successfully ran the operation for many years. Wylie Stark ( a distant cousin of Ray Stark’s) and his […]
Summertime seems to be the perfect time for celebratory gatherings, and class reunions are no exception. The steering committee of Dothan High School’s Class of 1973 did an exceptional job of gathering memorabilia, organizing email addresses and setting up a weekend of fun activities to reignite those special high school memories and to even make […]
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I am in Mississippi this week with my two sisters, and hurried into Kroger last night to pick up some staples. Of course, my first priority was the floral department! They have an amazing selection of flowers: from cut roses to lilies to green plants. I just had to share these miniature potted hydrangeas. What […]
One of the pleasures of gardening is sharing seasonal blooms with friends. The Limelight hyrdrangeas that were planted about 3 1/2 years ago in our garden seemed to have reached their seasonal peak! I have shared them over the past week for a baby shower, a wedding rehearsal dinner, a class reunion, and for taking […]
During my blog break over the past week, my Limelight hydrangeas continue to mature, mainly of them into mammoth sized blooms! Chartreuse blooms are just beginning to appear on some of other bushes in my garden. The abundance of rain has been a factor in their proliferance, too. I have enjoyed cutting many of them […]
Going back to my Mississippi home is always a little bittersweet. My Mother (who was the inspiration for my blog) was a renown gardener, rosarian,and floral designer in her community. At one point there were about 150 bushes in her garden showcase of roses. Although she grew many perennials, her roses were the stars! I […]
Even though the 4th here in lower Alabama has been a “wash out” with never ending showers, our family continued on with a small celebration. The weather was deemed too rainy to grill on the Green Egg so all of the cooking adventures had to be inside. In a brief respite from the rain this […]