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Bright and bold (7/1/2020) - The flowers of summer make strong statements in color and size. Please send photos of your favorites to editor@gazettejournal.net. We hope to see yours next week. Native Annabelle hydrangeas grown…
When weeds are not wildflowers (7/1/2020) - Friends often hear me say that weeds are really wildflowers. In fact, every spring I anticipate the emergence of the dainty wild violets, purple dead nettle, henbit, and buttercups, even…
Buchanan-Faulkner (7/1/2020) - Charles Allen and Lori Buchanan of Cobbs Creek announce the engagement of their daughter, Morgan Clair Buchanan, to Brandon Keith Faulkner, son of Curtis Keith and Mary Anne Faulkner of…
Hazelwood-Roane (7/1/2020) - Jess and Karen Hazelwood of Gloucester, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Lynn Hazelwood, to Jacob Langley Roane, son of Pitt and Cheryl Roane of Wicomico. Jessica graduated from…
Keep on blooming (6/24/2020) - Readers continue to send photographs from their garden, and we are happy to see them. Please send your views to editor@gazettejournal.net. We already have a start on next week. A…
Grandmother’s cooking fondly remembered (6/24/2020) - Minnie Grinnell Hutson lives on through her grandchildren. “Miss Minnie,” as she was called by neighbors and friends, lived her life in the New Point area of Mathews County. She…
Why correct plant terminology is important (6/24/2020) - A friend asked me recently how I remember the scientific, or Latin, names of plants. Well, I don’t, not really. I look them up when I am working on a…
Summer blooms (6/17/2020) - Daylilies and hydrangeas are blooming…summer is here. We would like to see your flowers; please send them to editor@gazettejournal.net. We will use them as soon as we can; we already…
Snowden remembers his favorite foods in verse (6/17/2020) - “Often these days I remember my childhood. Sometimes it is just the aroma of some of food cooking that triggers it off. For some reason I was thinking about New…
A hardy Kiwi Vine that refuses to grow (6/17/2020) - Many of the “Gardening Corner” columns arise from questions asked by friends, neighbors, and readers. Their questions provide the best topics, because they reflect real problems, and not just subjects…
Smith-Bunting (6/17/2020) - Alexandra Claire Bunting and Jackson Anthony Smith were married at 3 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at The Hornsby House Inn, Yorktown. Pastor Bill West officiated. The bride is the…
Remembering Captain Sally (6/17/2020) - The Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter UDC 2626 met recently to lay a wreath on the grave of Captain Sally Tompkins in her honor and memory. A Mathews native, Tompkins opened…
Spiderwort (6/17/2020) - A long-blooming native perennial like Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana, can fit into a lot of spaces in the home garden. Three-petaled flowers form a triangle. They are violet-blue with vivid yellow…
Oakleaf Hydrangea, a southeastern beauty (6/10/2020) - Last week, I wrote about deer-inflicted damage to many of our shrubs and perennials while we were away from home for several weeks in 2019. Two of the affected plants…
Twelve weeks and counting… (6/10/2020) - As the novel coronavirus shut down local activities, we asked readers to send photos of daffodils and other flowers to brighten our outlook. The first blooms appeared on this page…
Images bring hope (6/3/2020) - As Covid-19 fatalities pass 100,000 and protests erupt across the land after the death of George Floyd, these readers’ images bring hope of better times. Please send yours to editor@gazettejournal.net.…
Cupcake kid (6/3/2020) - Two-year-old Lexi Mayor celebrated the Memorial Day holiday, eating a patriotic cupcake, with a lot of the blue icing not making it past her mouth.
Roses in bloom (5/27/2020) - And many other flowers as well have burst into full color in recent weeks. Our readers continue to cheer us in these days of social distancing. Please send your photos…
A deer-resistant perennial border (5/27/2020) - Last May, Jim and I returned from two exciting weeks of touring in Ireland to discover that our local gang of six or seven deer had stripped the buds from…
May flowers (5/20/2020) - We believe our readers have some of the most beautiful flowers on the planet, and are happy they continue to send their photos to us. We hope to see more…
The dreaded rose rosette disease (5/20/2020) - It is now mid-May, and the lush beds of daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs have faded into memory. We are waiting for the foliage to turn yellow and die back,…
Ewell-Johnson (5/20/2020) - Hannah Marie EwellEric Wade Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Kenny L. Ewell of Dutton announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Marie Ewell, to Eric Wade Johnson, son of Mr. and…
Red Columbine (5/13/2020) - Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, is one of our loveliest early spring flowers, with hanging red flowers that have long spurs and yellow centers. The nectar at the base of the…
Ewell-Johnson (5/13/2020) - Hannah Marie EwellEric Wade Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Kenny L. Ewell of Dutton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hanna Marie Ewell, to Eric Wade Johnson, son of Mr. and…
Azalea leaf and flower gall (5/13/2020) - Gardening is full of daily surprises. In the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna, aka the late, brilliant Gilda Radner, “It just goes to show. It’s always something. If it isn’t one…