My reason for being in Mississippi this past week was for the Mississippi State Master Gardeners Conference in Ellisville, MS. Driving down, I could hear masses of locust in the timber along the roadsides. But the scent in the air was of magnolias in bloom. Along the highways the native magnolias were showing off, their dinner plate-sized blossoms waving at the passing traffic. If you've not smelled magnolias in bloom, its a heady smell, a soothing, relaxing fragrance that will almost lull you to sleep. I sometimes add magnolia blossoms, dried, to bath blends.
|Ladies having a flower arranging session.|
|The roses were donated by a local grower, the Mills Rose Nursery. This is one of the creations of the class.|
my programs was, "Eat Your Landscape" where I talk about all of the perennials and shrubs (and water garden plants) you may not think of as food, but which you can make good meals from. I had lots of slides in my KeyNote program to demonstrate what I was talking about. This was my audience, in a very nice auditorium.
|It may not look like it, but there's quite a bunch of folks up there, and some along the sides.|
|Roosters seemed to be the theme of the very impressive stage display the gardeners had created.|
|The group's creativity was everywhere. The Jones County Master Gardeners were the hosts for the rest of the state.|
|Another display by the Master Gardeners. I always like taking pics of masks.|
|A small portion of the rose fields at Mills Rose Nursery.|
|Jan Knight was the winner of my bentwood trellis.|
|Robert St. John is owner of several restaurants in Hattiesburg, MS|
|The smells of honeysuckle added to the magnolia air.|