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January 11, 2019

Recently, someone asked me about shrubs that were showy in winter. Obviously, camellias fit that bill as do winterberry holly and a few others. Mahonia, often known as grape holly, is an underused adaptable shrub that also has winter attributes.

I have one that is in full bloom right now. It has…

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January 10, 2019

As many of you may know, I have been ailing for several days now.

I feel better than I did at the beginning of the week, though, and am grateful for all the people who have wished me well and sent along reminders that they were praying for me.

It’s nothing serious, either — just the…

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January 06, 2019

I have a husband and son who live for the outdoors. They both have a passion for hunting and fishing, but duck hunting has become the main passion.

Duck hunting season is top priority around our house right now, forget everything else. All we talk about is ensuring the clothes are by the door for…

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January 04, 2019

I was trimming a wax myrtle the other day when I caught a whiff of its sweet fragrance. It reminded me of my many treks through the Maine woods. Walking through waist-high patches of sweetfern gave my clothes an aroma that lasted all day.

Sweetfern is not actually a fern at all. It’s a…

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January 03, 2019

I’m not a big follower of trends but when the trend is focusing on one’s relationship with God I’m willing to ride the wave.

I started noticing this one about two weeks ago when friends started posting on social media that instead of making New Year’s resolutions related to…

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December 28, 2018

This time of year, along the highway in full sun we see a tan upright grass with thick feathery tops. When other vegetation is growing, we rarely notice it. Until seed heads develop, this grass is easily ignored.

It’s called bushy bluestem and it’s one of the native warm-season grasses…

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December 27, 2018

This is the last column I will write in 2018 and seems the perfect occasion to reflect on the year that has been.

We have been running a review of news stories from 2018 so I won’t get into any of that here. This is personal — a look back at 2018 from the point of view of this column.…

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December 23, 2018

For the last few months, I have had the great honor of working with community advocacy group, Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture. We have been developing an exhibition showcasing the Harlem Renaissance.

The Harlem Renaissance was an early 20th Century artistic mission that identified and credited…

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December 21, 2018

These flat-leaved plants with pretty and normally red flowers are everywhere during the holiday season. Most folks see one and call it a Christmas cactus. Actually, many are Thanksgiving cacti.

The true Thanksgiving cactus usually blooms earlier and has leaves with points on them. Some people call…

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December 20, 2018

Alabama released a new Christmas album last year and we just bought it in time for this Christmas.

It includes another version of the Christmas song that’s closely associated with the band, “Christmas in Dixie,” and features 14 other tracks. I’m not sure why Alabama keeps re-…

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