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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Contemporary gospel group Big Daddy Weave is coming to Shallotte this Saturday, April 18, when it performs in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Highest Praise Worship Center, 19 Red Bug Road.

    Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

    Advance tickets may be purchased via itickets.com or at Highest Praise Worship Center.

    Big Daddy Weave entered the studio for the fifth time in their decade-long career with a singular mission—to create a collection of songs that might somehow communicate the word placed on their hearts to the hearts of those who hear it.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kelly Lee Padgett of Nashville, Tenn., and Keith Lineberger of Bessemer City. The bride-elect is the daughter of Wendell and Tina Padgett of Ash. She is a graudate of West Brunswick High School and UNC-Chapel Hill and is attending Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tenn. The prospective groom is the son of John and Kathy Lineberger of Bessemer City. He is a graduate of North Gaston High School, Appalachian State University and UNC-Charlotte. He is employed by Lineberger Surveying and Mapping in Dallas.

  • Frances and Harry Tinnell of Shallotte will celebrate 64 years of marriage April 21. They were married in 1945 and raised five daughters. Harry Tinnell is retired from the Richmond Fire Department. The couple moved from Richmond, Va., to Shallotte in 1995. They enjoy gardening and spending time with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Friends and neighbors from Seaside Station in Sunset Beach help Decio and Margie Stone celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary at the Boundary House in Calabash. Shown from left are Decio and Margie Stone, Judy E. Wallace, David and Janice Kirby, Shirley Smith and Frances and Ace Hudson.

  • Heather and Daniel Squires II of Yorktown, Va., are the parents of a son, Kaden Reed Squires, born at 5:13 p.m. March 23 at Langley Air Force Base.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 23 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Atkinson of Ash and Terry Atkinson of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Danny and Nancy Squires of Hardeeville, S.C.

    Great-grandparents are Peggy Squires of Monroe and Frank Klutz of Oak Island.