Articles written by Judge Peggy Givhan

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Southern Gardening - Potpourri for February

February is the iconic month for Valentine's Day. And who does not like receiving happy cards, chocolate candy, and flowers. Even if your New Year's Resolution includes fasting from candy, I declared...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for January

With the waning days of December, we should look back at all the good things we were given over the last 12 months...good health, love from family and friends, finally a hard enough freeze to kill...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for December

Christmas time is here again with all of the chores of decorating inside and out. But I have been noticing decorations, gift baskets, Christmas wrapped candy and Christmas themed cookies since...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for November

November has sneaked up on many of us and it proves to be a busy month. First of all there is Veteran's Day on the 11th and Thanksgiving on the 23rd. As far as getting into the fall mood, I will...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for October

October heralds in the first full month of fall, with cooler temperatures and of course "falling" leaves. So after doing all the weeding during summer, we now have the task of raking leaves. One good...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for September

When we reach the month of September, we say goodbye to summer. Labor day barbeques and festivities abound. The children settle back into the routine of school, vacations have been planned and...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for August

Recently I had a disaster in my flower garden with a rogue armadillo rooting and digging up some expensive Pentas that I had just planted a few days before. The unfortunate incident occurred at the fa...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for July

Where does the time go? I am barely over Christmas and now we are past the mid mark of the year. The Fourth of July should be a time to demonstrate patriotism, honoring our founding fathers and all...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for June

We have had a relatively cool spring, with plenty of rain which has done wonders for flowers planted last month. Recently I went to the big box stores looking for summer annuals and perennials to...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for May

The old adage, "April showers bring May flowers" will hopefully hold true for May 2023. And with these showers come many weeds. Before getting down to the business of actually planting, preparing the...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for March

March is the month when serious gardening tasks must take place to make life easier later on. The first task would be weeding. Unless you have mulched during the winter months, there would be pesky...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for February

In February, our thoughts first go Valentine's Day with Cupid firing off his arrows of love. I can remember as a child picking out boxes of small Valentine cards at Woolworth's Dime store to give to...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for December

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells...Christmas is upon us. We can count our blessings to include no lockdowns, no mandatory anything, where we can attend our houses of worship, and freely visit family and...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for November

November, which celebrates Thanksgiving Day on the 24th this year, should instead be a celebration for the whole month. And we do have much to be thankful for . Our military is not sending our boys...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for September

Bring out the red, white and blue flags, and bunting one more time. Labor Day is a national holiday that we celebrate the hard work of those who have made our nation a better place to live and work....

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for August

Recently I had a disaster in my flower garden with a rogue armadillo rooting and digging up some expensive Pentas that I had just planted a few days before. The unfortunate incident occurred at the fa...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for Uly

“A Little 4th of July Funny” Well, Happy Fourth of July and here's to all the festivities, family and food. As I have said in past articles, we as Americans should go out of our way to show our...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for June

Although gas prices have become a topic of discussion with their ever-increasing prices, June could bring a surge in travel. For gardeners, this is a great opportunity to view botanical gardens or...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for May

May reminds me of a time when children danced around a Maypole with an assortment of ribbons hanging down from the top. The end result would be the pole covered in a woven design of brightly colored...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for April

Not too long ago a small child told me there were 2 holidays this April – April fool’s day and Easter. How cute is that statement. One of my favorite expressions is “April showers bring May flow...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for March

When I think of the month of March, I see kite flying with colorful tails dancing in the wind, I see bright yellow daffodils bobbing their heads, and tulips bursting into bloom. I see the harbingers...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for February

I have always thought of February as being the transition month between winter and spring in Alabama. Of course, it is the month when thoughts turn to love on Valentine’s Day with the expression of...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for January

A new year with new beginnings and hopefully a year we see Covid in our rear view mirror. My sincerest wish is for each and every one of you to experience a happy and prosperous 2022. Back in the...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for December

When I think of the month of December the words cheerful, happy, joyful come to mind. There is so much to do with family and friends such as decorating the house together, having a few neighbors in...

 

Southern Gardening - Potpourri for November

November brings football games, cooler weather, colorful mums, fall foliage and Thanksgiving. What a happy time of the year where we can enjoy the great outdoors by taking long walks, getting our hand...

 

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