I've been doing stories off and on in Nita Lewis' flowerbeds for 20 years, I guess. She's had daylilies, which she set aside for irises, which she's now set aside for roses. And she's stuck with the roses for several years. The other flowers were nice, but there was something lacking.
Nita Lewis: And I realized my garden was missing the fragrance of roses. And once I started growing, I root them, so I have quite a few.
Walt: There is another distinct advantage of roses that I recognize from the Hodges-podge of flowers Miz Jo and I have in our yard. Everything else sort of has its season. A couple of good weeks and most flowers have bloomed out. But not roses.
Nita: They bloom from the beginning of spring until after a freeze.
Walt: And they bloom in waves. Hitting several peaks during the season. Nita Lewis says hers have already peaked for the first time, a little early this year. But she says if you'll remember to deadhead your roses, they'll put on another crop of blooms quickly. Deadheading is getting out in the garden and pulling off the dead blooms. Now, with a rose garden this big, that's a lot of work. But it's the work of the garden that makes it a good day for Nita.
Nita: I get my energy once I get to the garden. I feel better outside. I'm just not an inside person. So I'm happy when I'm in my garden.
Walt: I'm saying "yea" in the background like I identify with that. But maybe I should get out and fiddle with my yard more often according to Nita.
Nita: It's wonderful therapy. I recommend it. You can find happiness doing this that you can't find anywhere else.
Walt: I am reminded of the advice we've heard all of our lives to, "Stop and smell the roses along the way." And what better way to be able to stop and smell them than to have already planted some as you go. Like Nita Lewis has in her rose garden in Raymond.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:04:16 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Family members went by to check on Frances Copsy and her son, Ronald Whittington, and found both of them dead.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201