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Today's Features

  • I’ve never been one of those people who got overly excited about native plants. We do have some wonderful natives, but some of our southern favorites like evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and crape myrtle have all been introduced from other parts of the world.

  • Survival techniques for certain plants provide that they be dormant during harsh weather and they grow and thrive during good weather. Problems arise when the weather becomes similar to springtime conditions and the plants respond by initiating new shoots, buds, leaves, flowers, etc.

  • Continuing with the discussion of how to invite birds to your home, the first thing to examine is the concept of living screens.

    Living Screens

    Hedges and rows of trees screen off unpleasant views and reduce noise from highways. In crowded neighborhoods, they offer privacy for your backyard activities and they attract birds to your place year after year. Juniper, autumn-olive, dogwood, cotoneaster, or a combination of these, make good living screens.

    Open Areas

  • As food budgets tighten, you often hear people claim, “it’s more expensive to eat healthy.” Smart shoppers know to look for fresh fruits and vegetables in season and on sale. They also know there are some super healthy produce items that are as expensive as they are tasty.

    Eat Right Montana suggests the following tips for stretching the produce dollar:

    Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils

  • Pauline and Elvin DeHart of Supply celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married March 25, 1949, in High Point. The couple moved to Supply more than 25 years ago when Elvin retired from Western Electric.

  • Contrary to our usual pattern, my husband received a book and I began to read it. A tiny bit of literature written by Henri J.M. Nouwen, it’s title drew my attention: “Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life.” These meditations were first given as sermons at the United Church of Christ at Yale University.

    I had just returned from undergoing an outpatient procedure with the lovely command to spend the remainder of the day resting. Resting! What a nice message and delightful gift, a treat that I would otherwise guiltily embrace.

  • CALABASH—Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 27, the post once again started cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 10.

    “Welcome to our madhouse,” joked Trish McCormick as she and her husband, Bill, and other VFW volunteers toiled in the kitchen at one of the weekly Lenten fish fries March 6.

  • Get ready to be entranced by laser shows this weekend in Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater this Friday and Saturday night in Sunset Beach.

    The shows are among the planetarium’s lineup of heavenly astronomy and science programs for all ages in its 85-seat theater. All shows are one hour or less. Laser shows are staged the third Friday and Saturday of the month.

    The planetarium’s laser projection system, unveiled last November, consists of full-color animation lights choreographed to music and a new 5.1 surround-sound system.

  • Do you instinctively grab the phone to order Chinese food every time you crave something different? If you do, why not try a Chinese cook-in instead of take-out? Homemade Chinese food is a lot easier to prepare than you might think.

    You don’t have to have a lot of special cookware or buy fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t need to own a wok to cook your own Chinese food, just use any frying pan (deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.

    Avoid those extra shopping trips

  • In case you haven’t noticed, it gets pretty hot in southeastern North Carolina in the summer. Add the humidity, lots of poorly drained soils and, sometimes, excessive rainfall, and you have a recipe for disaster for many of the plants we like to grow, such as azalea, camellia, gardenia and Japanese hollies.

    Take a cue from our old buddy “Poor Richard” who was fond of saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”