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What’s your favorite? (10/28/2020) - Happy Halloween! Staff members at Riverside Convalescent Center, Mathews, exercised their creative genes to decorate these pumpkins. Activities director Richard Miles said Lisa Kinaitis, director of nursing, came up with…
Through the fall… (10/28/2020) - Readers continue to send photos of the lovely and interesting things in their gardens. We have saved quite a few for next week. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Camellia…
Mysterious, ghostly plants in the woods (10/28/2020) - In late September, I saw several photos on Facebook of an unusual plant called Indian pipe, also known as ghost plant or ghost pipe (Monotropa uniflora). From midsummer to fall…
Your space (10/21/2020) - We have happily featured photographs of your flowers in this space since late March, when daffodils were in full bloom and the pandemic was beginning to close down normal activities.…
Beware the poison plants! (10/21/2020) - In May 2019, Jim and I had the great pleasure and good fortune to return to Ireland for the first time in 22 years. After traveling for a week on…
‘Pocahontas’ the butterfly (10/21/2020) - Meet” Pocahontas.” Jeri Trudeau of Gloucester raised this Monarch butterfly. On Oct. 12, Trudeau tagged and released her, naming her in honor of the newly designated Indigenous Peoples’ Day, she…
Great Blue Lobelia (10/21/2020) - Great Blue Lobelia, Lobelia siphilitica, is a lovely plant late in the growing season, when plants with yellow flowers are usually prominent. Tall spikes of brilliant true-blue flowers grow on…
Fall blooms (10/7/2020) - The warm sunny days continue to bring blooms to our landscape. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Reblooming Iris at the home of Martha Thompson Hudgins of Gloucester. She said,…
Putting the garden to bed (10/7/2020) - Over the last week, the days and nights have grown considerably cooler. All of a sudden, it is October. Halloween candy has been on display at the grocery store for…
Even a punkamelon… (9/30/2020) - A skeleton, bees, birds, butterflies, and every color in the rainbow fill our flower panel this week. There’s even a punkamelon. Send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. A hummingbird enjoys late…
Tea plants, a new gardening venture (9/30/2020) - Sometimes gardening, like other activities, grows stale and boring if you never try anything new. If you are tired of tending the same old perennial beds and annual borders, I…
The beauty that surrounds us (9/30/2020) - Nature photographer Sharon Colòn captured some of the beauty of the flora and fauna that she spied through her camera lens in and around her Gloucester Court House home.
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…