Southern Living April 2019

SOUTHERN LIVING celebrates the legendary food, gracious homes, lush gardens, and distinct places that make the South unique. In every edition you’ll find dozens of recipes prepared in our famous test kitchens, guides to the best travel experiences, decorating ideas and inspiration, and gardening tips tailored specifically to your climate.

United States
Meredith Operations Corporation
40,89 kr.(Inkl. moms)
163,80 kr.(Inkl. moms)
13 Udgivelser

i denne udgave

3 min
what’s your secret?

WHEN I WAS A KID in Memphis, we would occasionally drive to a place called the Shelby Motel on Summer Avenue because my father thought they had the best catfish in the city. It was a good 20 or 30 minutes from our house, but the experience was worth the trip. They had those mini jukeboxes in each booth, with lots of Elvis and Al Green and Conway Twitty, and my folks would bring a bottle of something in a brown paper bag and then ask for cups of ice. Despite the linoleum tables, low ceilings, and questionable decor, the place had a certain kind of magic. The catfish was flaky and delicious, served in a red plastic basket with a mound of hush puppies and a few lemon slices.…

7 min
the plant manager

THIS IS NOT A MISPRINT: Georgia and Crawford Downs get roughly 500 pounds of fruits and vegetables from a 600-square-foot plot behind their Birmingham home, and they do so organically. “I am a nut about it,” explains Crawford, a biomedical engineer who works at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. “It’s a challenge to figure out how to get the optimum mix out of what you want. I am always trying to maximize yield.” His wife, Georgia, who works at an architecture firm, says that she’s the “sous gardener” and adds, “This is his thing. I assist.” “We tried to do things that would keep it looking nice, rather than untidy, while still being very efficient in terms of production,” Crawford explains. An arbor covered in Confederate jasmine serves as an entrance.…

1 min
modern farmhouse

WHY WE LOVE IT Residential designer Mitchell Ginn thoughtfully kept our best notions of rural living—a clapboard exterior with rooms spilling out to large porches—but upgraded the layout for modern suburban life. His bright and airy floor plan revolves around three big open spaces arranged in an L shape: a spacious living room, a corner dining area, and a sizable kitchen opening onto the back screened porch. He fit three bedrooms upstairs and a master suite downstairs along with a utilitarian side hall off the garage that contains a coat closet, powder room, pantry, and laundry room. WOW FACTOR The wraparound front porch, of course! Whether it looks out onto a sprawling pasture or your neighbor’s basketball goal, this is what gives the exterior its farmhouse persona. The porch opens up the home…

1 min
the good neighbor

Rachel Rushforth, Bear’s owner, says he has a lot of energy. She and her husband, Blake, have two toddlers, and Bear tags along on all of their family adventures. He is particularly popular on the playground. “I joke that Bear is the pied piper of the toddler world because he never fails to have a gaggle of kids following him,” says Rachel. He is friendly to a fault. “For his birthday, the girls attached a bunch of balloons to his leash and then paraded him around the neighborhood for our morning walk,” she adds. INSTAGRAM: @sheepadoodlebear BREED: Miniature sheepadoodle (Old English sheepdog/poodle mix) AGE: 5 years old FAVORITE TREAT: String cheese. “If Bear hears string cheese being opened, he will wake up from a dead sleep wherever he is and come running,” says Rachel. IDEAL…

3 min
the grumpy gardener

STINKY WISTERIA > This is the first year that my wisteria has bloomed, and the flowers smell like cat pee, not the wisteria scent I’ve always loved. Is there anything I can do? —BERMA ≫ You probably have the native wisteria called ‘Amethyst Falls.’ It doesn’t tear up trellises and grow wildly like the Japanese and Chinese types, but its blossoms do emit a distinctive bouquet. You can’t change the fragrance, but you can plant the vine in a place where it’s less likely to offend—next to the outhouse, for example. HOSTA LA VISTA > Five years ago, I planted a hosta garden. I probably had 25 or 30 plants that were very heathy and growing well. This spring, not a single plant came up. What is the reason? —RICHARD ≫ My guess is that…

2 min
firewitch’ dianthus

THE TOUGHEST thing when talking about ‘Firewitch’ dianthus is keeping your compliments to 100 words. This hardy evergreen perennial grows about 10 inches tall and spreads up to 3 feet. Scads of showy, bright pink, fragrant flowers smother its blue-silver foliage in spring. Blooms, which make good cut flowers, appear sporadically in the heat of summer but return in bunches in fall. Plant ‘Firewitch’ in full sun and well-drained soil in USDA Zones 3 to 9. It tolerates drought and humidity, forms a handsome ground cover, and attracts butterflies. Plus, deer don’t eat it. Divide it in late fall to make more plants. YOUR APRIL CHECKLIST PLANT Set out summer annuals and vegetable plants after your last spring frost. Don’t be in a rush—waiting an extra week or two can prevent an unexpected…