Why Your Tree Fell Down

I remember the first time I noticed that tree in our neighborhood. A rotten strip of flaking bark ran straight up one side for 15 to 20 feet. “That tree could snap in half and fall on their house at any second,” I grumbled grimly to Mrs. Grumpy. “If it were mine, I’d have it taken down right now.”

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Pack Your Boots! We’re Headed to Nashville September 2-5!

Need plans for Labor Day weekend? Plans or not, we have an editor-curated NASHVILLE NOW weekend that you won’t want to miss. To toast to our 50th anniversary, we’re teaming up with Music City for a weekend celebrating the best of Nashville – from the tantalizing culinary scene to the city’s iconic honky-tonk sounds. The weekend is essentially a front […]

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Five Reasons to Camp in Virginia

Sponsored Advertising Content: Southern Living has partnered with Virginia.org to form a guest blogger network. Today’s post is provided by guest blogger Christin Healey of ChristinHealey.com. Check back every Monday and Thursday for new ways to explore the state of Virginia.   It’s prime time to set up camp across the country, and the lovely state of Virginia just happens to be one of […]

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Blanket Flower Has Summer Covered

Every garden I care to own must contain flowers that supply dazzling, nonstop color from spring to fall with very little effort from me. This summer’s star is a carefree perennial that does all of the above without impinging on my sacrosanct cocktail hour. It’s called blanket flower.

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Stylish Sun Wraps

I recently came across ZAGS, which makes stylish and colorful beach wraps that are specifically designed for sun protection. The wraps come in all different sizes and naturally protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays with their UPF 30+ fabric. Made from naturally cool fabrics, they are free of wicking and are perfect for you and your family for sunshine filled days. ZAGS […]

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Tomatoes, Peanuts and Okra: Festivals that Celebrate Summer’s Bounty

From peach festivals to peanut boils, we celebrate the best of the South’s homegrown produce all summer long. One of my favorite festivals is an ode to the humble yet delicious tomato. The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival in Columbia, SC celebrates heirloom varieties and the talented gardeners and chefs who grow and prepare them. Despite mid-summer heat and humidity, locals […]

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Make a Splash in Virginia

Sponsored Advertising Content: Southern Living has partnered with Virginia.org to form a guest blogger network. Today’s post is provided by guest blogger Christin Healey of ChristinHealey.com. Check back every Monday and Thursday for new ways to explore the state of Virginia.   Is there anything better than heading to the water on a hot summer day, especially in the South? The summers in Virginia […]

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Charm School: Room Sharing Services

With the rise of technology, even we traditional Southerners must adopt a brand new etiquette protocol. And situations that are tricky to begin with – like traveling – are becoming even more complicated. We no longer need to know only how to gracefully check into hotels or tip a bellboy (which is a lesson in itself). We also need to […]

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Sink Your Feet Into White Sand This Summer

Photo: oneoceanresort.com If you didn’t happen to spend the Fourth of July oceanfront (or even if you did!), it’s not too late to plan an escape (or another escape) to the coast. Picture blue, clear water and and a white, sandy beach just steps away from your room. At One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach, Florida, you can find just […]

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When Should You Fertilize Crepe Myrtle?

Faithful reader Lee asks, “When should I fertilize my crepe myrtles? They are old and about 25 feet tall. They never get pruned and don’t bloom the way I would like them to.”

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