• 88°

The Dart: Natchez woman enjoys gardening outdoors

NATCHEZ — In a calm and quiet Downtown neighborhood amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a Natchez woman found a new way to entertain herself.

When The Dart landed near Barbara Mire’s house on South Rankin Street Wednesday evening, Mire was at work with a small steak knife digging up tiny seedlings that had sprouted in the cracks of the sidewalk outside her home.

The seedlings weren’t weeds that would ordinarily spring up between the cracks. Over time, Mire said she had recognized the familiar leaves of the periwinkle she had planted the year before, which had taken over the flowerbeds on her front lawn.

“I planted them last year and they were very productive. … They took over and started growing everywhere,” Mire said. “It took a while for me to recognize what the seedling was. It’s kind of fun and something constructive that you try to do with your time at home. I’m challenging myself to see if I can actually save these little vincas’ lives.”

Mire said she needed something sharp that could work its way between the thin cracks and was able to use the sharp tool to work the roots out of the ground and pot them into flower pots.

To Mire’s delight, three of the first five plants she’d rescued from the sidewalk lived and were blooming, and she proceeded to dig up others out of the cracks once they had matured enough, she said.

“Periwinkles are a very strong and hearty plant,” she said.

Mire said she retired from teaching and moved to Natchez in 2005 and enjoys using her free time to be productive in her garden.

“My form of entertainment is outside, dealing with the little plants here and there,” she said. “I’ve always gardened flowers and I like to put some color in the yard for curb appeal.”

BREAKING NEWS

Shooting update: State Trooper killed on U.S. 61 North

COVID-19

Drive-thru face mask distribution Saturday at Adams County Safe Room

News

State troopers, local law enforcement work crime scene on U.S. 61 North

News

Local doctors discuss use of hydroxychloroquine, other therapies for COVID-19

News

Officials: Now is time to register to vote

News

Faith column: We cannot save ourselves

News

Your Take: A gift for a coach

COVID-19

Fayette man dies with COVID-19

News

More than half choose virtual learning for Concordia Parish schools

COVID-19

Concordia Parish resident dies with COVID-19

COVID-19

Wednesday update: Mississippi COVID-19 hospitalizations continues to climb

News

New York forces local student to spend 14 days in quarantine with mom before entering college

News

Officials: Local hospital workers faced most challenging week

COVID-19

Governor orders state-wide mask mandate, restrictions on schools in ‘hot spots’

News

Pets of the Week

COVID-19

Tuesday update: State reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

COVID-19

Monday update: State reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

News

Supervisors hire new County Administrator

COVID-19

Adams County extends mask mandate through September

News

Public and private schools move start date due to pandemic

BREAKING NEWS

Adams County taps county comptroller to be next county administrator

News

Dead bodies are stacking up in this Mississippi county, here’s why

COVID-19

Sunday update: Mississippi health department reports new COVID-19 cases, deaths

News

NASA astronauts on SpaceX capsule make first splashdown in 45 years