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  • A craze sweeps through the garden every year about this time for those perennial superstars—daylilies. One look at a bed in full bloom and you, too, will be hooked on Hemerocallis. That’s the genus for daylily which is derived from two Greek words meaning “beautiful” and “day,” referring to the fact individual flowers only last one day.

    While I’ve never gone completely crazy over daylilies, I have just added two interesting selections to my own garden. We’ll come back to that.

  • The crape myrtles are among the most popular landscape plants in Brunswick County. They are valued for their prolific summer flowers, heat and drought tolerance and year-round landscape interest. Under the right conditions, they flower all summer long.

    When planted in the right location, crape myrtles can be almost pest free. There are, however, two disorders that crop up during the summer that may require control measures; one is caused by a fungus and the other is caused by an insect.

  • Deborah Lynn Hotop and Wesley Ryan Hyduke of Egan, Minn., were married April 4 at Seaside United Methodist Church, with Deacon Bob McGahran of St. Brendan Catholic Church officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Diana and William Hotop of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Susan and Andrew Hyduke of Bethlehem, Pa.

    Sarah Hotop served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Martha Hotop and Kylene Hyduke.

    Scott Mackaro served as best man. Groomsmen were Shane Krabenbauer and Scott Hotop.

    A reception followed the ceremony at Brunswick Plantation.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lenora Kay McNabb and William. F. ‘Bill‘ Flynn Jr. of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kay D. Pleasants of Supply.She is originally from Charlotte. The prospective groom is the son of Jacqueline Flynn of Philadelphia and is originally from Philadelphia. The two decided to make their home in Brunswick County because they fell in love with the area, the people and their church. An Oct. 17 wedding is set at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • Martha Norwood of Marshville and Danny Norwood of Sunset Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Kathleen Norwood, to Daniel Ray Mills. The bride-elect graduated from Forest Hills High School in Marshville in 2004 and from Appalachian State University in Boone in 2008. She is employed by Wilkes County Public Schools and Appalachian State University Athletics. The prospective groom is the son of Tami and David Mills of Marshville. He is a 2003 graduate of Forest Hills High School and attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

  • Just when we thought everything was copasetic and we could just roll along with life, we experienced a number of surprising glitches in our usually tranquil routine. Little did we know that life was happening before our very eyes.

    Life was happening while we were making other plans, usual plans, ordinary plans. It all began with the return of the raccoons.

  • Members of the Shallotte High School class of 1957 as well as one of their former teachers, Lillian Hewett, gathered last week at Jerome’s in Shallotte for lunch and reminiscing. The 25 classmates, who had their 50th reunion at Jerome’s in 2007, decided they didn’t want to wait five or 10 years for the next reunion. According to the class officers, who organized the event, 66 students graduated in 1957, and 21 of them are now deceased.

  • Work by artist Gary Halberstadt, president of the Brunswick Arts Council, is being featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash through May 30.

    The exhibit features landscapes of local waterway scenes as well as paintings inspired by Halberstadt’s travels through Europe.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y., native taught himself to paint while in the Army and painted intermittently before moving to Brunswick County. A minor accident in 2005 curtailed most of his activities but laid the groundwork for his artistic resurgence.

  • Seaside United Methodist Church Preschool students participated in a Bike Rodeo last Wednesday, during which the N.C. Highway Patrol instructed the youngsters on proper bicycle safety.

     

  • Have you ever seen a bear with a long tail? You have if you look at the Big Dipper in the sky.

    The stars that make up the Big Dipper include three stars for a handle and four stars for the bowl. These seven stars were known by most civilizations as the Great Bear, or you could say momma bear.

  • Beautiful weather and beautiful gardens brought out more than 400 visitors to The Mad Hatter’s Garden Tour and Tea Party at Winding River Plantation on Saturday, April 25.

    The event, co-sponsored by the Coastal Garden Club and the Winding River Garden Club, featured 13 Winding River gardens, providing members and visitors with a chance to see how homeowners met gardening site challenges.

  • Have you ever brought home a cut of meat and wondered, “How am I going to cook this?” The occasion arose a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and she and my wife went grocery shopping. They came home with, among other things, a beef eye of round and asked me if I could make it that evening for supper. Not wanting to let them know I had no idea what to do with it, I assured them it would be no problem.

  • Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit situation comedy would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s “for the birds.”

  • Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs, and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides. When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

  • Busy bees keeping you busy?

    We have had some recent cold weather for this time of year and that may cause honeybees to seek out a new space to accommodate them. In the early spring, honeybee colonies may become overcrowded and then the bees send out a pheromone scent to alert the colony they need to move to another location. Unfortunately, they may end up somewhere inside your house or they may swarm to a nearby tree or shrub waiting for the scout bees to tell them where their next home will be.

  • Upon their return from a 16-day cruise to Europe, Florence and Bob Hopkins of Shallotte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 9 with a renewal of their vows at St. Brendan's Catholic Church.

  • In the midst of all the dire news these days, television commentators, newspaper and magazine articles, Joe and Jane Q. Public all seem to be concentrating on the power of “hangin’ in.”

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  • There are several horticultural requirements when you move to the South. Obviously, you must grow evergreen azaleas and camellias. You have to leave the lilacs behind—at least the common lilac (Syringa vulgaris). And, if you truly want to be a part of the southerner’s garden club, you need to grow gardenias.

    Since gardenias aren’t the easiest shrubs to grow, here is some information so you can enjoy the sweet smell of success with gardenias.

  • Never before has the demand for energy been as high—and never before have homeowners become so aware of the energy savings possible with landscaping, especially with the high cost of energy which has escalated over the last few years.

    Although it is not possible to control the weather, certain landscape practices can help modify the climate in and around your home.