Our knockout roses in the front lawn of our office have become damaged since blooming this spring. We have noticed several "brown spots" on them, and our first thought was "I thought this plant was indestructible!" While these roses are known for holding up to insect and disease pressure, they, like every plant, are still susceptible to damage.
It was just over 100 years ago (May 9, 1914) that Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. According to Wilson's proclamation, this day is to serve "as a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country."
A major U.S. newspaper recently ran a piece detailing all the ways children benefit from doing chores. Well, not all the ways. They failed to mention the most important benefit: chores, properly managed, teach citizenship values.
After the storm this past weekend, many landscapes were filled with broken limbs, leaves and endless pine cones. In areas that were hit worse with high speed winds, established trees were uprooted. This caused many residents to lose power and some had structural damage to buildings.
A list of some of the more memorable elements of pre-1960s parenting is in constant circulation on the Internet and is especially popular with people my age who can for obvious reasons relate. The items include that we drank from garden hoses and survived, didn't wear bike helmets and survived, could only take a test once and never had to see psychologists for test anxiety, and so on.
Q: Our son is going to be 13 next year and we're trying to be proactive about the coming storm. He's been a good kid and relatively easy to raise to this point, but we've heard the horror stories and dread what may be around the corner. Do you have any tips?
On the first and third Saturday of each month, organic farmer Kerry Shay jaunts down to Bay and East Broad streets, where a diverse assembly of Savannahians awaits him. They're there to learn about the art of gardening.
Many people have crossed the path of my life but only one crossed it from three different directions. Don Light, one of Nashville's most admired power-brokers and star makers, was meant to be part of my life. I said this repeatedly because I encountered him through friends in country music, Southern gospel and NASCAR racing.
The distinctive noise of carpenter bees is easily found this time of year, especially if you have any wooden structures near your home. These insects, large, black and yellow bees, are the culprit of half-inch holes in wood, small piles of sawdust on the window seal, and annoying homeowners so much they sometimes resort to whacking these insects with a tennis racket.
Q: Why is it that no consequence seems to work for long, if at all, with my very strong-willed 7-year-old daughter? I have tried everything I've ever heard or read about to deal with her constant disobedience and disrespect. Some things, like taking away her computer privileges for a day or so, have worked for maybe a week at most, then stop working. It's like she doesn't really care if I punish her. Nothing fazes her. Help!
Sometimes a man, despite his best efforts, doesn't find his destiny. Try as he might, down through the earnest years of his life, he chases it and can even believe he has it, only to awaken one morning and discover he doesn't. That what he has is an illusion, a mirage that he tried to turn into reality.
Q: We just discovered that our 17-year-old is using nicotine. He tells us he's been using for the past several months, smoking two to four cigarettes a day to cope with academic anxiety and relationships. He tends to be socially reserved and has been struggling with academics of late. He appears contrite and remorseful and has said "I should never have gotten started with this stuff in the first place."
In agriculture, the more you learn, the less you know. Many farmers will tell you this. No season is the same, and you learn something every day. We began this year with enough rain to slow down planting. Once we got everything planted, the rain shut off.
Q: Our 8-year-old daughter tries to manipulate us and her siblings (she is the youngest of three) with emotional outbursts and whining when things don't go her way. She is mostly a delightful, cheerful child but this bothersome cycle flares up at least every other day. For the time being at least, she only behaves this way at home. I think she would be embarrassed to behave this way in front of other people, including her friends.
I have had several calls this past week about tree health and diagnosing tree issues. Disease is usually the first culprit in the homeowner's eyes, but I have found that many problems are nutritional disorders or site specific problems.
Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive "spindle-shaped" bags on a variety of ornamental trees and shrubs throughout Georgia. They have been known to attack both deciduous and evergreen trees, but are most often found on cedar, cypress, arborvitae, juniper, spruce and pine. I was on a site visit this past week and saw this pest devouring a Leyland cypress.
Two months ago, I conducted a two-day small-group "parent retreat" during which I talked about, among other things, the legitimacy and power of "because I said so." One of my missions is to promote the restoration of the attitude that accompanies the calm, straightforward (the operative conditions) delivery of that traditional parenting aphorism. Why? Because it is the very essence of effective discipline, that's why.
Q: Our 14-year-old daughter has difficulty controlling her anger. She has extreme outbursts fairly frequently here at home - screaming, cursing, and even throwing things when she doesn't get her way. She appears to have no respect for us and very little consideration for her two younger siblings.
The majority of us are either afraid of snakes or spiders, sometimes both. My wife will not come near a spider in the house and refuses to believe they serve a purpose other than terrifying her. From the reports of citizens across the state, the Brown Recluse Spider seems to be very, very active.