Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Master Gardeners October Yard of the Month

After many years of nurturing children as a teacher, Linder Carter retired and turned her nurturing skills to her garden. At the end of a long hot summer, Linder's many potted plants still provide color and interest to her landscape. Several peace lilies, petunias and verbenas still bloom and are evidence of her dedication as a gardener. In addition, many red Knockout roses are still very colorful because she is diligent about watering and fertilizing.

Linder credits her husband, James, with taking care of the grass and shrubs so she can concentrate on the potted plants. The Carters have created several cozy seating areas that are colorful and inviting. Stop by 813 Winston Street and enjoy the last blooms of summer.
The Carter's yard will be the final Yard of the Month for this year. We want to thank everyone who participated and has taken an interest in this venture. We so appreciate your reading the articles, visiting the yards and sending in names of nominees. We will resume our program in April 2017. And "thank you", gardeners , for your hard work, dedication, and inspiration. You make Winston County a beautiful place to live! Special thanks to the 2016 recipients: Elaine Thompson - April; LaVoynne Butts - May; Beth McCool - June; Pat Dempsey - July; Melba Pearson - August; Shirley Glenn - September; Linder Carter - October.

Remember that in Mississippi, October is a good month to plant trees and shrubs, but do not forget existing plantings. Healthy plants weather winter better than plants under stress. Do not let them dry out in the fall, thinking that the gardening season is over. Keep watering plants as long as they are growing and the perennials will reward you in the spring!

Again, thank you for taking part in our Yard of the Month program. We have received much positive feedback and welcome any feedback or suggestions you might have for the forthcoming year. See you in April!

Johnna Williamson