The past several days have been filled with food, family, football, and shopping. Decorating was also another event that was enjoyed by friends and family. Although some have chosen the longevity of an artificial tree, others enjoy the natural beauty and smells of a fresh cut tree.
With cooler temperatures inevitably on the horizon there are lots of gardeners ready to get outside and rework their flowerbed masterpieces after the summer heat and lack of rain have diminished the beautiful foliage and colors.
This week marks the start off fall and with our summer being so hot and dry for the latter part most of our summer landscapes look pretty worn.
Even though the temperatures don't resemble fall, we still have some time before adding fall annuals to the landscape.
The past week mosquito control has been a hot topic.
But why now?
Why not months ago when temperatures increased and the mosquitoes were coming out for the summer?
The issue is that this time of year it seems like mosquitoes are just as bad during the day time as they are at night.
July 4th is already here and many friends and families will celebrate Independence Day in various ways but one common item to celebrate with is a fresh watermelon.
Over the past couple weeks watermelon producers across the state have been preparing to bring the fresh taste of watermelon to Mississippi families.
This time of year gardeners of all ages get to enjoy the literal fruits of their labor. Most of the towns across the state have kicked off their seasonal farmers markets and fresh produce has filled numerous paper sacks across the country.
June is national dairy month and some Mississippians will raise a glass of cold milk in celebratory fashion.
Even though the dairy landscape has changed drastically over the past 60 years the product is still the same. In 1950 there were roughly 22 million cows in the United States.
There have been some beautiful days in the past couple weeks allowing for many to be outside in the flower bed or watching kids enjoy summer vacation.
We all know that throughout the summer the mosquitoes become a problem for being outdoors, especially in the late evening.
So what has been biting us in the daytime already?
It seems that Mother Nature has some sort of alarm clock that goes off weekly when it comes to rain showers.
Even with the weekly showers many gardeners have been able to get their fix and play in the dirt with vegetables or flowering annuals.
So how do most people keep from going stir crazy in the spring when it is raining?
Azaleas are quite possibly the most popular plant in the southern landscape.
With their early flash of color they are always a favorite spring picture backdrop. Azaleas belong to the genus Rhododendron which has more than 900 different species that are native to many parts of the world but has found a home in the south.