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  • The Kousa dogwood makes a beautiful tree-form with horizontal branches and is used in landscaping as a specimen plant, in borders and for accent plantings.

    Even though they are usually grown for decoration, they make an excellent patio-garden plant that will attract birds into your landscape. They are also highly resistant to dogwood borer and dogwood anthracnose problems, which have been plaguing flowering dogwoods in recent years.

  • There was lots of flash in Calabash on Saturday as more than 90 classic and collectible vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Calabash Fire Department for its first fundraising Show and Shine Car Show.

    As oldies music played in the background, the show and its many visitors spilled over into the adjacent Calabash Elks Lodge lot for the afternoon event that drew 96 spiffy and spit-shined cars, trucks and one motorcycle.

  • When cooking a piece of meat, using marinades can really add flavors throughout the entire piece. Seasonings can only reach the surface of the meat and may not alter the flavor inside. A good steak marinade will infuse into all parts of the meat if given enough time to penetrate.

    Marinades usually do two things: (1) they will season the food, and (2) they will tenderize the food. Different meats have different qualities; therefore, you need to consider more than one marinade. Marinades that are suitable for a tough cut of beef may not be suitable for a salmon filet.

  • People who thrive with a little sand in their shoes know nothing beats a perfectly steamed oyster, a low tide, an evening stroll with someone special and a simple, six-count shuffle where you can hit the dance floor and still hold on to your adult beverage.

    Whether native or transplant, we love the laid-back lifestyle that goes with living close to the shore. But, beach life is considerably tougher for those organisms that are low on melanin but high on chlorophyll.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Princess (ID No. A003593) is a beautiful pastel calico with a sweet disposition. The shelter’s adoption fees for female cats and kittens are $55, which includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery. Adoption fees for male cats and kittens are $35, which includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV test, rabies vaccination and neuter surgery. The shelter, at 429 Green Swamp Road (N.C. 211) in Supply, is open to the public for viewing animals and adoptions from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays.

  • My aunt and uncle were from Beaver Falls in western Pennsylvania, which is about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. We always enjoyed going there, especially when Aunt Jeanne was going to have some “halushki.”

  • Spring is our most colorful time of year in the garden. Camellias are finishing up just in time to let flowering dogwoods and azaleas take center stage.

    In the midst of all of this beauty, here are a few of my garden observations about all of the beauty and some potential disease problems.

  • Spring has arrived and people are in a hurry to spruce up their yards. There are a few things that need more time to pass before doing. Hopefully, the pine pollen problem will be ending as you read this.

  • Jennifer Lynn Johnson of Leland and Blaine Tucker Cully of Ocean Isle Beach were married Dec. 13 at Jennies Branch Baptist Church in Shallotte.

    The Rev. David Helms officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Keith Johnson of Fayetteville and the granddaughter of Louise Rochetti of Linden and the late Abraham Rocchetti; Frances Melvin of Erwin and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Johnson of Fayetteville.