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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…
Green, Gold, Pink (7/29/2020) - The colors of summer continue to prosper in spite of withering heat. Our readers sent these photos of their horticultural efforts. Please send yours to editor@gazettejournal.net. Limelight hydrangea grown by…
The return of ‘The Blob’ (7/29/2020) - Not everything that grows in the garden is pretty or even desirable. Fellow Master Gardener Ann Gentry texted me last week to say that slime mold has been a problem…
A cooling activity (7/29/2020) - Williams Wharf Open Water Swim Club members Ronnie Myers, Missy Johnson and Christine Johnson (in water) took a dip in the East River at Williams Wharf on July 14.
So much beauty… (7/22/2020) - If you do not see the flower photo you sent, be sure to check again next week. We ran out of space in no time and are pleased to present…
Master Gardener interns busy at Woodville Park (7/22/2020) - In a normal year, Gloucester Master Gardeners would be visible in the community. We would be answering questions every Tuesday at the Main Library and visiting local nursing homes to…
Mountain-mints (7/22/2020) - What’s not to like about a native perennial that is attractive to bees and butterflies, does not spread aggressively, and is deer-resistant? Mountain-mints, pycnanthemum tenuifoilium/muticum, bloom from June through August,…
Engagement (7/22/2020) - Todd and Dawn Riley of Hayes, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ruthanne Riley, to William Thomas West, son of William and Tracie West of Gloucester. Ruthanne graduated from Orange…
Birth (7/22/2020) - Kyle and Leslie Hudgins of Baltimore, Maryland, announce the birth of a daughter on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, Maryland. She has been named Emma…
Perennials for late summer to early fall (7/15/2020) - High summer is upon us, and if you are like me, watering, weeding, and deadheading are chores that must be finished before lunchtime. Working outside in the cooler morning hours…
In bloom (7/15/2020) - Our readers have kept us surrounded by beautiful flowers for several months now. We are proud to present images of their prize blossoms. Please send yours to editor@gazettejournal.net. This hydrangea…
Warm. And cool. (7/8/2020) - As warm as a summer day are the reds, oranges and yellows of summer flowers. Blooms in white, pink and blue cool our fevered brows. Please send your flower photos…
Identifying common garden weeds (7/8/2020) - Last week, I wrote about the frustrating task of weeding the garden and discussed some methods of prevention and management. This week’s column will examine several common garden and lawn…
Master Naturalists monitoring butterfly populations (7/8/2020) - Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist volunteers are teaming up with the Northern Neck Master Naturalists and the Northern Neck Audubon Society to participate in the North American Butterfly Association’s annual Butterfly…
Yankee Doodle Dandies ….. Born on the 4th of July! (7/8/2020) - Larry Sheretz had noticed cardinals flying in and out of this wax myrtle bush in the backyard of his home on Timberneck Creek. He took a peek about a week…
Stealth feeding (7/8/2020) - After sipping the sweet nectar from the hummingbird feeder this squirrel is ready to attempt his dismount. Thanks to Rebecca Slater of Gloucester.
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…