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Today's Features

  • One of the most beautiful seasons of the year is upon us now and is wrapping its beauty all around us. We are experiencing one of the most spectacular spring seasons with all the flowers and foliage coming out to greet us.

  • Hummingbirds will soon make their way back to North Carolina after wintering in Central America. Welcome them to your house by providing their favorite plants and the right food in the right places.

    Think like a hummingbird. They spend a great deal of their life in the tropics living in the tree canopies. Providing them a similar habitat will increase the chances of them setting up housekeeping in your backyard. They usually return in March.

  • Mary Elizabeth Lemley of Boiling Spring Lakes and Frederick B. Watkins were married at 2:34 p.m. March 21 at Snowfield Landing in Town Creek. The Rev. Hoyt King officiated.

    The bride was given in marriage by her mother and father, George J. Lemley of Morgantown, W.Va., and Elizabeth M. Lemley of Concord.

    The groom is the son of John and Cathy Watkins of Winnabow.

  • In our small faith community, we enjoy sharing our thoughts on the Scripture readings. Each of us brings to the table a unique insight and understanding that delights and often disturbs the group.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—Just in time for nature’s flower show erupting in their neighborhood, members of Carolina Shores Garden Club are hoping for balmy weather and a good crowd for this Saturday’s second annual Tour of Gardens.

    Six homes are on this year’s Carolina Shores Tour of Gardens, slated for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, April 18.

  • Strawberries typically peak during May in our area. Producing good strawberries depends on ideal spring weather conditions and this spring should produce a bumper crop.

  • Dedicated readers of my ramblings know I have a soft spot for crape myrtles and Japanese maples. Even though my garden is so small you can’t cuss a cat without getting hair in your mouth, it now sports 11 selections of Japanese maple.

    The latest addition is Inabe Shidiri. I purchased a relatively high graft of this burgundy-leafed dissectum so it wouldn’t get visually lost in its garden location. A fairly vigorous selection that will eventually reach eight feet or so, it’s also known as Red Select.

  • The green flag is waving and all you “NasGarden” fans out there can truly start fertilizing your trees and woody ornamentals. But wait! There is still a caution flag on fertilizing your turfgrass.

    I have said before many, many times: “When it is time to pay your taxes, it is time to pay your plants.”

    That statement applies to trees and woody ornamentals. We still must wait until May to start fertilizing our lawns and we should wait until June if we are managing centipedegrass.

  • “Tell me about watering.” This plea is heard quite often on the Master Gardener Hotline.

    How much, how often, what time of day or night are all questions the Master Gardener answering the hotline encounters. In an effort to cut down the workload and make you all better stewards of your growees, and hopefully cut down on your water bill, the following are some general rules on watering gardens, lawns and landscape plants that will be of interest:

  • The song may strike us as sentimental, but the idea—no, the ideal—is right on target! What our world needs now, and has always needed, is love, sweet love. It does not call for a saccharine substitute that provides the sweetness artificially, but the genuine goods. We need a love that challenges as profoundly as it comforts; that disturbs and demands as deeply as it delights. To love is not easy, but it is worthwhile.