Home & Garden

Kathy Collins-Lantz “The Flower Garden Lady”

563340_4974374289434_1553079675_nSpring is in full swing, especially at the home of The Flower Garden Lady, Kathy Collins-Lantz. She has become well known for her cottage and English style of gardening, and she is delighted to share her knowledge and experience with you.
Each time a visitor strolls down the carefully laid paths of wood, metal and stone there is so much to see. Color abounds amid old watering cans, whiskey barrels and fountains. Roses trail along the edges of old windows and archways that evoke a peaceful and calming feeling. “I want my friends who have hectic jobs and over-scheduled lives to come here to relax and recharge. I got into gardening for the peace and quiet. Last night I was out in my gardens until 10 o’clock and still didn’t want to quit working to go inside,” Kathy said. Her motto fits her well; “I live in the gardens: I sleep in the house. (more…)

Kathy Collins-Lantz “The Flower Garden Lady”

563340_4974374289434_1553079675_nSpring is in full swing, especially at the home of The Flower Garden Lady, Kathy Collins-Lantz. She has become well known for her cottage and English style of gardening, and she is delighted to share her knowledge and experience with you.
Each time a visitor strolls down the carefully laid paths of wood, metal and stone there is so much to see. Color abounds amid old watering cans, whiskey barrels and fountains. Roses trail along the edges of old windows and archways that evoke a peaceful and calming feeling. “I want my friends who have hectic jobs and over-scheduled lives to come here to relax and recharge. I got into gardening for the peace and quiet. Last night I was out in my gardens until 10 o’clock and still didn’t want to quit working to go inside,” Kathy said. Her motto fits her well; “I live in the gardens: I sleep in the house. (more…)

Handsboro Cleaners

At 767 Watkins Avenue you will find more than just a dry cleaning shop. Owners Pat and Denise Noonan came from Long Island, New York in 1985 and continued a family tradition of keeping their clients looking downright spiffy. Pat’s family has been in the cleaning and tailoring business for 4 generations. His grandmother and mother were both seamstresses and tailors and now his daughter and son are both in the business.
“The most important thing in any business is honesty and trustworthiness. I remember back in New York when a wealthy client left fifteen $1,000 bills in his pocket along with a solid gold and diamond money clip. He was so rich that he didn’t even know he’d lost it. He was shocked when I called him and told him that we found it in his pants and he could come pick it up when he got his clothes back,” Pat said.  There have been similar instances here on the Gulf Coast in the last 20 years that Handsboro Cleaners has been in business. The workers and management are adamant that all things left in the pockets or attached to the clothes will be returned with a smile. (more…)

GETTING ENERGY READY FOR WINTER

Energy prices are on the rise across the nation. As a result, heating costs will consume an increasingly larger portion of a household’s energy budget. That’s why it’s important to check your home to insure that your heating dollars aren’t being wasted.
When cold weather approaches, use this checklist of simple ways to make your home more comfortable and keep those escalating energy bills at bay. (more…)

Mariners Village An Optimal Health Community

Mariners Village is the new hot spot to live on the gulf coast. The entire complex is lavish and upscale in all its amenities but low on the price scale. The rents start at a mere $650 with water included. Granite counter tops, crown molding, energy star appliances and top of the line flooring and accessories bedeck every apartment. Residents can add Basic cable and HBO for only $45 per month. (more…)

MASTER GARDENER SPRING GARDEN EXPO 2011

By NANCY BAKER FAUL

Spring is fast upon us and those who love gardening are itching to get their hands dirty. Farmers are plowing their fields in anticipation of the first sweet crops. Rose bushes, dianthus and petunias are being trucked in daily to stores near you. Whether you are a first-time gardener or an old hand at growing flowers and veggies you will find the Master Gardener Spring Expo both informative and fun. (more…)

Annual & Perennial Flowers For Mississippi Gardens

Annuals and perennials spice the landscape with their colorful flowers and foliage. Beds of color provide brilliant accents against backgrounds of permanent plantings, soften man-made lines, and provide graceful transitions from one outdoor area to another. Flowers can be used to catch the eye, accent a view, frame a door, or just draw attention to their own blooms.
Annual plants are practical in that they are versatile, sturdy, and inexpensive. They quickly yield color for a long season.
Perennial plants return year after year. They fit into many landscapes and can be used in borders, as accents, or as strong focal points. The foliage of many perennials is attractive during nonflowering seasons as well. (more…)

The Gardens of Beau Rivage

By: Melody Worsham
Twelve years ago, Teresa Malone had just finished her degree in Horticulture and was ready to start a new life. After 20 years of service in the Air Force, Teresa was returning to something she has loved since childhood when her mother won blue ribbons for her fuchsias and roses. Born and raised in San Diego, Teresa was brought here by the military, but what kept her here was the opportunity to be the first Horticulturist hired by a casino on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Teresa is, and always has been, the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino’s own Horticulturist. It is her full time job to keep the Resort fresh and full of beauty and color. Teresa and her team of ten gardeners, four floral designers, and her two managers, James Pendergrass and Jessica Hall, keep fresh flowers and lush green plants displayed in the long halls of the main corridor, in the hotel suites and around the spa, which Teresa called a “tropical oasis.” An indoor atrium is home for a miniature forest of fichus, Australian tree ferns, Rex Begonias and white celosia. The outdoor perimeters of the resort are adorned with oaks and perfectly trimmed shrubs. (more…)

BACK TO SCHOOL TIPS The following health and safety tips are from the American Academy of Pediatrics

MAKING THE FIRST DAY EASIER
  • Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She’ll see old friends and meet new ones.
  • If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day. (more…)

Keeping Your Home and Neighborhood Safe

By: Melody Worsham

Summertime. The kids are out of school and daylight hours extend well into the night. Your home and your neighborhood is buzzing with outdoor activities. But did you know that summertime has the highest rates of burglaries, and residential neighborhoods are the most often targeted?

There are a few things you can do to keep your home and neighborhood safer this summer. To start, keep your hedges trimmed and the outside of your home well lit. Motion-activated lights are ideal because they can alert you immediately when someone walks on to your property. Put away temptation by keeping valuable lawn and home repair equipment out of sight.

Take a walk and visit your neighbors. People are more likely to help someone they know. Get to know the people who live on your street. Talk to them about your concerns about crime in your neighborhood. If you are new to the area, this would be a good time to find out how your neighbors feel about the safety of their homes. Just moved in? Immediately change all the locks. (more…)

Protect Your Pets from Heat

By: Humane The Humane Society of South Mississippi

Humane The Humane Society of South Mississippi (HSSM) wants pet owners to be aware of heat advisories andplan ahead for their pets for hot days.

Your pet always needs fresh cool water, but during hot months the water should be changed out several times a day to ensure coolness. If you are unable to change the water several times a day there are alternative methods of providing fresh water such as hooking a special water bowl to a constant water supply so each time your pet drinks – fresh, cool water refills the bowl. Plastic bowls stay cooler much longer than aluminum bowls.

Shade is another necessity during hot months too. If there is not one location in your yard that provides shade throughout the day then make sure there are shaded areas available as the sun moves so your pet is able to find a shaded location regardless of time of day. (more…)