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Six months… (9/23/2020) - We ran our first panel of flowers at the end of March, six months ago, as COVID-19 had wiped out the Gloucester Daffodil Festival. We are still waiting for life…
Engagements (9/23/2020) - Ramey W. ChildressPaige C. Melton Melton-Childress Dr. Toni and Barry Childress of Gloucester, announce the engagement of their son, Ramey W. Childress, to Paige C. Melton, daughter of Randy Melton…
Joe-pye Weed (9/23/2020) - The tall, majestic plants of Joe-pye Weed, Eutrochium dubium, are real butterfly magnets. Blooming in late summer until frost, they range from 3 to 10 feet tall with dense heads…
NN Native Plant Society sale underway (9/23/2020) - The Northern Neck chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society is holding this year’s Native Plant Sale at Dug In Farm on Fleets Bay Road, off Route 3 in White…
Flowers! (9/16/2020) - Local gardens continue to produce beautiful flowers and other specimens. We will show your beauties as long as space and the weather permit. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net Brad…
Musings on summer’s end (9/16/2020) - Last week, my friend and fellow gardener, Carolyn Evans, told me in an email, “Your columns are especially welcomed during this abnormal time. New information and the comfort of a…
Metamorphosis (9/16/2020) - Gloucester photographer Jeri Trudeau (at right) captured the stages of transformation of the monarch butterfly, from the tiny egg, found only on milkweed leaves (top, left). When the egg is…
GCV centennial subject of exhibit (9/16/2020) - The 100-year history of The Garden Club of Virginia is now the subject of an exhibition at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture on Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond.…
Let’s hear it for flowers! (9/9/2020) - They keep blooming, and our readers kept sending the great variety of color, form and beauty growing in our community. Send your flowers to editor@gazettejournal.net. Miniature sunflower in Janet Clark’s…
Planting fall vegetable crops (9/9/2020) - Many years ago, Jim and I lived in military housing on an Air Force base north of London. The houses in our section backed on the fields of a farmer…
Another month of blooms has begun! (9/2/2020) - We started this COVID-19 day brightener in late March. Please send photos of your flowers to editor@gazettejournal.net. Linda Moorman of Cardinal sent a photo of a monarch butterfly enjoying lantana.A…
Salt tolerant shrubs (9/2/2020) - The environment of Coastal Virginia poses some unique problems for gardeners. I’m sure that is true for every region of Virginia and other states on the Eastern Seaboard, but finding…
50th Anniversary (9/2/2020) - On August 9, 2020, Pat and Joan Dorgan joyously celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The happy couple began their journey of life together in Holy Matrimony on August 9, 1970…
Littleleaf linden—loved by bees (8/26/2020) - In last week’s “Gardening Corner,” I wrote about a weeping Higan cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Pendula’) that is struggling, most likely because it is too closely located to several other trees…
So pretty… (8/26/2020) - We welcome photos of your flowers. Please send them by email to editor@gazettejournal.net. Closeup of a passion flower vine grown by Linda Moorman of Cardinal.Pink hibiscus grown by Richie Carmine…
For the record (8/19/2020) - We first ran a panel of flower photos on March 26, having asked readers for images of their daffodils to make up in a small way for cancellation of the…
Give trees room to grow (8/19/2020) - Do you know what happens when you plant the wrong tree in the wrong spot? Jim and I know. When we moved to Gloucester in 1994, we were landscape novices,…
Feathered beauty (8/19/2020) - Linda Tjossem of Hayes has been working on photographing her hummingbirds. “It’s not an easy task,” she said. “They are so fast. I much prefer shots of them in nature…
Checking his press clippings (8/19/2020) - Boomer, the prize-winning dog from the Aug. 6 Gazette-Journal All About Pets photo contest, takes a look at his winning picture. Either that, or he’s just sniffing the paper.
Mistflower and monarch butterflies (8/12/2020) - Mistflower, Conoclinium coelestinum, is one of the native perennials highly regarded as nectar food for monarch butterflies. The typical life cycle of monarchs includes four flights each year, the third…
Two low-maintenance shrubs (8/12/2020) - In a normal year, I would point out that summer is on the wane, and fall will soon pay us a visit. In 2020, the changing seasons matter very little,…
Births (8/12/2020) - Tyler and Kaitlyn Ward of Waynesboro, announce the birth of a daughter on July 10, 2020. She has been named Charlotte Anne Ward, and she weighed 6 lbs. 3 ozs.…
Flowers and fungi! (8/12/2020) - Our readers’ appreciation of the beauty surrounding us continues, and they have submitted more photos of flowers that made it through Tropical Storm Isaias….and of the creatures that depend on…
Before the storm (8/5/2020) - Our readers sent us lovely images of their flowers and gardens before the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaias. We hope their blooms have survived the big blow. Please send your…
The value of planting natives (8/5/2020) - National and local news media reported last week that people in all 50 states have received packets of unidentified seeds in the mail. The envelopes carry a China Post label…