Art in the Garden

The Farmers’ Almanac warns of a “Polar Coaster” winter for 2020.  Wild temperatures rides again!  What does that mean for Georgia?  Well it doesn’t really matter.  Anything below 32 degrees (F) is a deep freeze for us.   Add the threat of ice and snow on the Piedmont’s hilly roads – we honker down in cozy…

The Best Time To…Eat Watermelons

The best time to eat a watermelon is BEFORE you become allergic to them!  Happily I’ve had more than my share of this delicious summer fruit over the years.  Tragically I am now allergic to them.  To be honest, I noticed a bit of itching last summer.  I thought “surely not”.   Watermelon is a staple of…

When All Else Fails: Plant Okra

Heat, humidity and pumpkin patches.  Really?? I usually shy away from planting anything new during August.  Summers in the Deep South sometimes last well into October.  I know this summer is going to be one of those.  Lawd ‘ave mercy!  Just give me one successful crop of… something! WANTED: A high yielding vegetable plant that needs…

Community… Artwork by Darius Moye

COLORIST:  An artist or designer who uses color in a special or skillful way. The artist Darius Moye (Macon, Georgia)  is a colorist.  I met Darius a few months ago when he was completing his final semester of college.  We were introduced through a mutual friend.  As a former art curator and educator, I tend…

A Worm Update: 021

Hey y’all!  OMG!  My composting worms are surviving and thriving!    If this enthusiasm for invertebrates doesn’t make any sense to you, read Spring Garden Failure: 4 Lessons. A few days ago, I counted (yes counted) my worms.  Its OK.  My worm population is very, very small.  Not even a 1/4 of a pound.  Anyway,…

A Weather Wish-List: July

A weather wish-list for a hot July day: Clouds. Shaded by an overcast sky.  The whole sky please.  Not the occasional cloud passing in front of the sun for 60 seconds.  Or less. Breeze. Not the oven blasts we are getting today with triple digits temps.  But a lovely “cold front” pushing in 80-degree temperatures. …

Miss. Dottie’s Cow Pasture

I have a love/hate relationship with cows.  I am lactose intolerant.  I can’t digest beef.  And I think Chick-Fil-A should get new mascots (jk). On the other hand, cows grazing lazily in a rolling pasture, have always intrigued me.  As a child, I searched for them in the rural landscape leading to my grandmother Ma-Belle’s…

Spring Garden Failure: 4 Lessons

SUMMER:  The time when southern gardens become battlegrounds.  Voracious plant-eating  insects.  Unrelenting heat.  There will be casualties – vegetable plants uprooted and composted before they reach their prime.  So sad. But this Summer, I’m going into battle a hardened warrior. Spring 2019 was brutal.  The last two weeks of May brought a record-breaking heatwave to…

Fire-pit Biscuits

Sure, I may lose my Southerner Cook card after this post.  But I just ate the last of the best batch of burnt biscuits ever!  Crispy and slightly charred on the outside – buttery fluffiness on the inside. Lately we have been caught up in a continuous cycle of unsettled and unseasonably warm weather.  Today’s…

Pneumonia Weather

“Hold on.  I ‘ave to blo my noz again.”  Despite the protective layers of Kleenex, the full force of my mucus filled blows reverberated across the phone lines.  My genteel southern momma would not have been pleased. “Sorry ’bout dat.”  My friend accepted my stuffy reply.  But wondered if I was coming down with a…