Fall brings ‘naked ladies’ to South­ern land­scapes

Starkville Daily News - - LIFE & STYLE - JAY REED By Ruth Mor­gan For Starkville Daily News By Gary R. Bach­man MSU Ex­ten­sion Ser­vice

I’ve been think­ing.

(Buckle up, peo­ple, he’s at it again!) I re­turned to my home­town just over eight years ago, and one of the an­nual events that has not only been the most con­sis­tently at­tended, but per­haps life-shap­ing as well, has been Forks and Corks, a fund-rais­ing chef com­pe­ti­tion spon­sored by the Starkville Area Arts Coun­cil. (So, Jay, by “life-shap­ing” are you re­fer­ring to the re­sult­ing shape of your body? No, not ex­actly, though I’d love to share the blame with some­one.)

Here’s what I mean. I did the math and re­al­ized that out of eight years back in town, I’ve been to Forks and Corks six times – and I’m pretty sure one of those miss­ing years they didn’t even have the event. I’d say that’s pretty con­sis­tent. The first time was as a judge, the next was as an at­tendee, the fol­low­ing three I was in­volved in plan­ning it, and this year I re­turned to at­tendee sta­tus. Each year has var­ied when it comes to how many chefs and restau­rants were rep­re­sented, but no mat­ter how you slice it, that’s a lot of forks. And it’s an event I don’t ever want to miss. Sure, you can eat at most of the restau­rants rep­re­sented on any day of the week – but what you may not get is the uber-cre­ative ways they play with their food at events like this. Side note: In this era of celebrity chefs, culi­nary com­pe­ti­tions and food tele­vi­sion, Starkville is more than hold­ing its own.

As for the life-shap­ing as­pect of Forks and Corks, it’s a lit­tle wild to think about where I might be to­day with­out it. (Does that sound a lit­tle dra­matic? Do you have an oddly car­toon­ish men­tal pic­ture of a fork and a cork drag­ging me out of a gut­ter some­where? Prob­a­bly not. But hear me out.) That first night as a judge set the stage for more food judg­ing down the line for at least a half-dozen dif­fer­ent events. Con­tests like that feed my need for va­ri­ety even bet­ter than a four-line Chi­nese buf­fet or a ten-page Mex­i­can restau­rant menu.

When I was in the thick of plan­ning these feast nights, I had the chance to meet the chefs and other restau­rant per­son­nel that are usu­ally be­hind the scenes for typ­i­cal date night din­ing, not to men­tion the folks who run the venues, make the medals, bring the chairs and pro­vide the “corks and taps”. It does in­deed take a vil­lage, and I feel like I’ve got a condo in the vil­lage now. And let’s not for­get the thor­ough ed­u­ca­tion in the ba­sics of event plan­ning I re­ceived – a street­wise ed­u­ca­tion per­haps, but a school­ing nonethe­less.

But you’re prob­a­bly not here to read my re­sume. You prob­a­bly want to hear about the food. So let’s get to it.

First, let’s talk award win­ners. His­tor­i­cally – at least over the past few years – if a sin­gle dish re­ally stands out, it tends to win a lot of the awards. This year was no dif­fer­ent.

The panel of dis­tin­guished judges chooses the awards for Taste, Pre­sen­ta­tion and Orig­i­nal­ity. All. Three. Awards. Went to Chef Leon Jef­fer­son and his crew from Cen­tral Sta­tion Grill. Chef Leon is a big fan of brisket, and this year he wrapped a piece around a jumbo shrimp, set it next to a but­ter­nut squash puree, which was topped with a har­vest arugula salad fea­tur­ing can­died pecans, goat cheese and dried cran­ber­ries. Oh, and a lit­tle cup of wa­ter­melon gaz­pa­cho on the side. Ev­ery bite seemed to have a new blend of sweet and savory, which is right up my ed­i­ble al­ley.

The other awards, the Peo­ple’s Choice, are de­cided by the peo­ple, of course. I like this two-pronged ap­proach. Ex­pert judges are on some­thing of a peer level with the chefs, but when it comes to the restau­rants them­selves, the peo­ple are the ones who are go­ing out to eat, and we the peo­ple know what we like. And ap­par­ently, we like the same things the judges did, be­cause Cen­tral Sta­tion Grill took the se­cond place Peo­ple’s Choice Award, too.

Third place went to Har­vey’s and Chef Jonathan Boyd for their smoked pulled pork shoul­der over a corn­meal hoe­cake, topped with Mis­sis­sippi Caviar and sweet tea gravy and let’s not for­get the lit­tle cup of ap­ple pie moon­shine on the side. To me this was a wellex­e­cuted, but play­ful dish. Sweet tea gravy! No lie.

First place went to Chef Thad El­more and the Cam­p­house for their South­ern Smoked Brisket on Span­ish corn­bread with a gen­er­ous driz­zle of bar­be­cue cheese sauce. I still can’t ac­cu­rately de­fine bar­be­cue cheese sauce, but it some­how bril­liantly brought the brisket into a beau­ti­ful friend­ship with the spicy corn­bread. Is it not in­ter­est­ing that two of the win­ning dishes, though com­pletely dif­fer­ent in taste and ap­pear­ance, both fea­tured smoked meat over a corn-based bread topped with a wildly unique sauce? This is the kind of thing that makes me smile.

Here’s the skinny on food con­tests. There were five judges and about 250 peo­ple in at­ten­dance that night. Those 255 souls picked these win­ners. If there had been five dif­fer­ent judges, and 250 dif­fer­ent at­ten­dees, we can’t

The study of Fam­ily tra­di­tion and per­son­al­ity has at­tracted at­ten­tion of so­cial sci­en­tists. Ernest W. Burgess, Pro­fes­sor of So­ci­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Chicago, has de­fined the term in these words: “What­ever its bi­o­log­i­cal in­her­i­tance from its par­ents and other an­ces­tors, the child re­ceives also from them a her­itage of at­ti­tudes, sen­ti­ments, and ideals which may be termed the fam­ily tra­di­tion, or the fam­ily cul­ture”. Some­times, fam­ily tra­di­tions are associated with prac­tices and be­liefs which are handed over from one gen­er­a­tion to the next gen­er­a­tion, and dur­ing this process of trans­mis­sion such fam­ily tra­di­tions also ac­quire an aura of spir­i­tu­al­ity. Ed Buck­ner who played on stacked crossties in 1927 when Longview was the Cross-tie Cap­i­tal of the World.

This is the time of year many gar­den­ers have been wait­ing for all sum­mer.

If you’re think­ing about the cool front that blew through this past week­end, I’m afraid you’re in­cor­rect. What I’m talk­ing about is the emer­gence of naked ladies in gar­dens all across Mis­sis­sippi.

I’m talk­ing about the seem­ingly mag­i­cal plants known botan­i­cally as Ly­coris. Com­mon names in­clude magic, sur­prise or res­ur­rec­tion lily, but some gar­den­ers sim­ply call them nekkid ladies.

The names de­rive from the plant’s odd-seem­ing growth. In the late sum­mer and through the fall, all va­ri­eties of Ly­coris pro­duce tall flower stalks with­out any fo­liage -hence the naked or magic ref­er­ences. Af­ter the flow­ers have faded, strap­like fo­liage ap­pears to re­plen­ish the bulb’s en­ergy sup­plies. The fo­liage fades away by late spring.

An­other com­mon name is spi­der lily, as the in­di­vid­ual flow­ers are ex­otic and spi­dery look­ing.

There are sev­eral species of Ly­coris, all with dif­fer­ent col­ors. I grew a pink va­ri­ety when I lived in the cold cli­mate of Illinois. The most com­mon species we see in Mis­sis­sippi is Ly­coris ra­di­ate, a pop­u­lar South­ern heir­loom. It’s com­mon to see these grow­ing in large clumps in the mid­dle of nowhere with no homes in sight, but mark­ing an old home­site.

Driv­ing along High­way 90 on the coast, it’s easy to see where homes once stood be­fore hur­ri­cane fam­ily light con­tin­ues to shine brightly in Starkville

Longview High class­mate, Ed­ward Avery Buck­ner took Louise’s hand in mar­riage at First Bap­tist Church, Starkville in 1939. They en­joyed 62 years to­gether be­fore Ed’s death in 2001.

Their ad­ven­tures to­gether took them to Mo­bile dur­ing World War II where Ed worked in the ship­yard and then back to Starkville and Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity (MSU) where “Mr. Ed” served as MSU’s first Di­rec­tor of Sup­port Ser­vices, re­tir­ing af­ter over 40 years of ser­vice. Louise en­joyed work­ing at MSU reg­is­tra­tion each year as she greeted stu­dents from all over the world.

Hav­ing grown up very ac­tive in church in the Craig Springs com­mu­nity, Louise joined her hus­band as he served as a dea­con at Longview Bap­tist Church. When they moved to Starkville Ka­t­rina came through.

In the fall, the flower stalks seem to come out of nowhere and are topped with a bright-red, aza­lea-like flower. There are even yel­low-flow­ered va­ri­eties scat­tered about. One great at­tribute is that these plants are deer re­sis­tant.

If you have a friend with a large clump, you could col­lect some for your gar­den. Bulbs also are avail­able online. They’re a bit pricier than daf­fodils but well worth it.

Plant in a sunny land­scape bed that is well drained and gets sun for about half the day. A drill and a bulb auger will make quick work of dig­ging they faith­fully served at Cal­vary Bap­tist, Mead­owview Bap­tist and First Bap­tist churches. With gen­er­ous and pi­o­neer­ing hearts, Ed and Louise en­joyed help­ing new mis­sion churches get started. They be­came found­ing mem­bers and lead­ers of Mead­owview Bap­tist and Broad­moor Bap­tist churches. As a widow, Louise be­came a found­ing mem­ber of New Hori­zons Chris­tian Fel­low­ship.

Louise was a much loved Sun­day school teacher for se­nior ladies at Mead­owview Bap­tist. Pas­sion­ate for mis­sions, she led in WMU cir­cles at Mead­owview and First Bap­tist. She was an avid mem­ber of the Gideon’s Aux­il­iary sup­port­ing place­ment of Bi­bles around the world. Louise and Ed were lo­cal pi­o­neers in min­istry to in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and teach­ers at Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity. For many years Ed and Louise weekly the holes. If you don’t have one of these, get one; bulb plant­ing has never been eas­ier.

Place the bulbs rounded side down with the neck just above the soil line. Wa­ter them well and then sit back and en­joy be­ing sur­prised by nekkid ladies in your gar­den for years to come.

Naked Ladies is one of the com­mon plant names that is en­dear­ing to gar­den­ers and non­gar­den­ers alike. There are many other gar­den and land­scape plants with com­mon names that make you won­der how they got that name.

My friend and well-known hor­ti­cul­tur­ist hosted in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in their home as they taught con­ver­sa­tional English 649967and led in Bi­ble stud­ies.

Ed and Louise were sent by MSU Pres­i­dents to rep­re­sent MSU in Tai­wan (where they helped start the Tai­wan MSU Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion) and to Main­land China (where they forged sis­ter re­la­tion­ships be­tween MSU and premier Chi­nese uni­ver­si­ties.) They be­came lov­ingly known as “Big Pa” and “Big Ma” to all MSU Chi­nese stu­dents and teach­ers. They were hon­ored with mem­ber­ships in the MSU As­so­ci­a­tion of Chi­nese Stu­dents and Schol­ars and the Tai­wanese Stu­dent As­so­ci­a­tion.

Af­ter re­tire­ment, Louise and Ed lived and served as mis­sion­ar­ies for an ex­tended time at a Boy’s Dr. Al­lan Ar­mitage re­cently wrote a book ex­am­in­ing the unique, funny and odd names of gar­den plants. His booked ti­tled “Of Naked Ladies and For­get-Me-Nots: The Sto­ries Be­hind the Com­mon Names of Some of Our Fa­vorite Plants” is an in­ter­est­ing read. The hol­i­days are right around the cor­ner, and this would be a great gift idea for that fa­vorite gar­dener of yours.

We pro­duced a South­ern Gar­den­ing TV seg­ment that took a fun look at these nekkid ladies. View it at http://ex­ten­sion.msstate.edu/ south­ern-gar­den­ing/video/2016/ naked-ladies.

Vo­ca­tional School in Belize, Cen­tral Amer­ica. Fi­nally re­turn­ing to Starkville, they trav­eled to China, Thai­land, Hong Kong, Eng­land, Belize, Costa Rica, Gu­atemala, Mex­ico, Hon­duras and Aus­tralia, visit­ing and serv­ing along­side their chil­dren in for­eign mis­sions.

Louise also pi­o­neered with her hus­band in lo­cal jail min­istry where. Ed vis­ited and led weekly Chris­tian ser­vices and Bi­ble stud­ies in the Ok­tibbeha County jail for over 25 years. They were both awarded a Prison Bar Cross for long term in­volve­ment with Bill Glass Prison Min­istry, mak­ing min­istry trips to pris­ons in sev­eral states. Louise blessed many in­car­cer­ated women with love and at­ten­tion, as she shared the life-chang­ing good news of Je­sus.

Ed and Louise were faith­ful and gen­er­ous sup­port­ers of their home church, New En­ter­prises In­ter­na­tional (NEI – for­eign mis­sions), Fel­low­ship of Chris­tian Ath­letes, Youth With a Mis­sion (YWAM,) The Gideons, Beau­ti­ful Feet Out­reach Min­istry in Ft. Worth, Bill Glass Prison Min­istry, March of Dimes, Jews for Je­sus, and Global Out­reach to name a few.

Louise’s pas­sions for for­eign mis­sions and her lov­ing care for those hurt­ing around her

was con­ta­gious. It is a liv­ing trib­ute to the Ed Buck­ner, Sr fam­ily that all six of their chil­dren, and many of their grand­chil­dren and great­grand chil­dren have served in Chris­tian min­istry and com­mu­nity ser­vice around the world.

Their chil­dren in­clude one de­ceased daugh­ter,Bar­bara Buck­ner Tyree and five sons, Ed Buck­ner, Jr. (Tricia), Don­ald Buck­ner (MaryBob) and Johnny Buck­ner (Deb­bie) from Starkville along with Wil­liam “Bill” Buck­ner (Patti) from Madi­son, MS, and Joe Buck­ner (Suzanne) from Bran­don, MS; Grand­chil­dren: Don­nie Buck­ner, Robert Buck­ner, Su­san Tyree Bates, Caro­line Buck­ner Woomer, Cor­rie Buck­ner Mur­phy, Joshua Buck­ner, Matthew Buck­ner, Josiah Buck­ner, Caleb Buck­ner, Luke Buck­ner, Hannah Buck­ner and Isaac Buck­ner, all of Starkville, MS, Ly­dia Buck­ner of Bran­don, MS, Ann Marie Buck­ner of Philadel­phia, MS, Jonathan Buck­ner of Washington, D.C., Ed­die Buck­ner and Wendy Buck­ner Sewell, both of Nashville, TN, Pa­trick Tyree of Har­ri­son, TN, Bryna Buck­ner Martin of Col­lierville, TN, Becky Buck­ner Estabrook of Birm­ing­ham, AL and Brooke Buck­ner Mazzei of Tulsa, OK and 45 great-grand chil­dren. When the Buck­ner clan gets to­gether with their spouses there are over 100 peo­ple..

(Sub­mit­ted photo)

The photo on the left pic­tures Ed Buck­ner and Wil­lard Jur­ney at the rail de­pot when Longview was the Cross-tie Cap­i­tal of the World and in the mid­dle is Ed Buck­ner, MSU’s first Di­rec­tor of Sup­port Ser­vices,,and an em­ployee as they look at all the dif­fer­ent types of light bulbs used on cam­pus, and on the right is Louise Mur­phy Buck­ner..

(Photo by MSU Ex­ten­sion/Gary Bach­man)

Ly­corises, com­monly called naked ladies, sur­prise lilies or spi­der lilies, are beau­ti­ful an­nual ad­di­tions to the land­scape.


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