Food & Wine
Southern Living

Southern Living August 2017

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.

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2 min.
the island life

THERE AREN’T MANY PLACES where I feel like I can truly relax—an occupational hazard for editors—but Pawleys Island, South Carolina, is one of them. My parents started taking the family there when I was about 5 years old. We used to rent a tiny house called Overboard, with the ocean on one side and a tidal creek on the other. Dad would trailer an aluminum jon boat all the way from Memphis so we could troll the creek for flounder, and occasionally we caught enough for a fish fry—a John Evans specialty. Everything tasted better when you caught it yourself, and fried flounder was (and still is) one of my favorite meals. At low tide, we dug in the pluff mud for clams, which turned into clam chowder, and my…

4 min.
the veggie patch

BEAUTIFUL SPACES — INSIDE AND OUT COMBINING complementary talents, Mary Alice Ramsey (an artist and writer) dreams and imagines while her husband, Terry (a machine designer and engineer), brings her plans to life. Whether it’s the waterwheel, creek-spanning bridges, or an ambitious three-story tree house, anything is possible in the Ramseys’ Fairview, North Carolina, garden. Hailing from a long line of vegetable gardeners, they’ve tended this plot for 17 seasons. A border of coneflowers, bee balm, and Shasta daisies greets all who enter through the handcrafted gate. Cabbages, carrots, tomatoes, squash, and beans interplanted with flowers grow abundantly here. The Ramseys attribute much of this success to two things: growing in raised beds and using rich, crumbly soil made from their own on-site compost. The geometry of the raised beds shapes the…

1 min.
hang time

Plant mint among the pentas and scaevolas to make every breeze that much more refreshing. AUGUST HEAT WAVEScall for the comfort of shady porches. Spruce yours up with a simple hanging basket. This pretty arrangement leans on the soothing hues of white pentas and dainty purple scaevolas, also known as fan flowers. What makes this a dream design? Scaevolas are often sold already planted in hanging baskets—so you’ll just need to add pentas to the mix. Arrange so the scaevolas spill over the sides while the pentas fill out the center and top. Both flowers thrive in full sun (as long as they get regular water), making them the best picks for surviving summer’s prolonged rays. To prevent messy spills, water by placing ice cubes in the basket and letting them…

3 min.
turn a table around

START WITH WALLPAPER is no longer just for walls. Its patterns and textures have the same transformative power when applied to plain, clean-lined furniture. Our latest makeover is proof: Grass cloth gives a versatile console (Lachlan Glossy Black Sofa Table, $119.99; overstock.com) an original look. Here’s how we did it. The Materials Sandpaper Parsons-style console Grass cloth (We used one roll.) Scissors and/or craft knife Wallpaper sponge or brush Wallpaper paste Plastic putty knife Drill (optional) Decorative knob (optional) Staple gun (optional) THE STEPS 1. Prep and cut. Lightly sand the surface of a clean, dry table. Starting at the base of one leg, unroll enough grass cloth to stretch from the bottom of one side, across the top, and over to the bottom of the table’s other side. Cut the appropriate length. 2. Place and paste. Lay…

1 min.
princess flower

Order a heatloving princess flower from monrovia.com. A SEASONAL GUIDE FOR GREEN THUMBS IT FEELS LIKEthe tropics out there, doesn’t it? Your familiar plants think so, too, which is why so many are hanging on for dear life. Spice things up with tropical plants that love the heat and bloom despite it. One that does is princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana). Clusters of large, royal purple blossoms adorn handsome, velvety, deeply veined leaves. This evergreen shrub is winter-hardy only in USDA Zone 10, so most of you should grow it in a pot you can bring indoors for the winter and then take outside in spring. Give it full to part sun, and prune it in spring.…

1 min.
your august checklist

FEED Fertilize repeat-blooming roses (including hybrid tea and ‘Knock Out’) with a product that’s specifically labeled for roses, and follow the directions carefully. If the fertilizer is granular, be sure to water it in well after applying to get the nutrients down to the plants’ roots. HARVEST Pick summer veggies on a regular basis. Beans, squash, okra, and others grow tough and/ or bitter if left on the plant too long, and if the seeds inside them start to mature, the plants may stop producing. Prime picking time is first thing in the morning. TRIM This is the last month for heavy pruning of hedges and evergreens before they go dormant in November and December. Trimming too late could cause new growth that won’t harden off in time for a freeze and will be killed. WATCH Brown…