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Indoors and out… (1/13/2021) - The beauties of nature go a long way toward wiping out the disagreeable parts of life that humans must endure. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Orchids are blooming at…
Will frost damage my lawn? (1/13/2021) - Shortly before Christmas, fellow Master Gardener Bill Blair sent me an email containing several questions related to winter lawn care; specifically, the effects of frost on the health of turfgrass.…
Indoors and out (1/6/2021) - Our readers continue to find “a spot of happiness” as Katherine Mazzocca (far left) termed her submission. Gray January days cannot suppress the beauties of Mother Nature. Please send your…
Raines-Newton (1/6/2021) - Sabina Barrett Newton and Woodrow W. Raines IV were married on Nov. 14, 2020 at her parents’ home. The double ring ceremony was performed by Patrick Billups and the groom’s…
The cunning red fox (1/6/2021) - After I had written 200 “Gardening Corner” columns, I found it difficult to remember all of the topics. When I discovered that I had written two columns on river birch…
Feathered friends (1/6/2021) - Tuesday was National Bird Day, following Sunday’s annual Audubon Bird Count. Here are some of the species likely to have been spotted. Above, heron makes a huge splash on New…
Beauty is Everywhere (12/30/2020) - From early blooming dandelions to Christmas decorations, beauty continues to surround us even as winter turns the landscape gray. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. As we say farewell to…
Stegall-Jenkins (12/30/2020) - Shelby Groff Jenkins and Jeremy Brent Stegall were married December 12, 2020, at their home, “Windy Hill,” Riner, Virginia, with their parents and siblings in attendance. A celebration with extended…
Finding magic in nature (12/30/2020) - Christmas this year was a quiet one at our house—no far-flung family members returning home for an annual visit; no days of menu planning and cookie baking; no December trips…
American Bittersweet (12/30/2020) - American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens).Oriental Bittersweet Celastrus orbiculatus on Slyline Drive, VA American Bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, is popular for home decorations around the holiday season. It blooms in the spring with…
Readers’ greetings (12/22/2020) - At Christmas, nature expresses well the joy of the season; our readers have shared the beauty with us. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. A beautiful amaryllis at the home…
Bass-Thornton (12/22/2020) - Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Bass Laurel Breanne Thornton and John Tyler Ripley Bass were married at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Onemo. Yosub…
Brighten the season (12/22/2020) - We are all trying to find some peace and pleasure at the end of this tumultuous, frustrating, and frightening year. If you are like me, you want to brighten up…
Fall into winter, and on to the holidays (12/16/2020) - Our readers continue to decorate this page with images of nature, indoors and out, marking the changes in the seasons. Already we have shown a few very early daffodils. At…
It’s time to write about fig trees (12/16/2020) - Over the years, I have learned that when the Universe drops a tidbit of information at your feet, it is best to pay attention before you file it away in…
Bloom on… (12/9/2020) - Late flowers, brilliant leaves, and a few early flowers, continue to color our columns this week. Please send your seasonal images to editor@gazettejournal.net. Cyclamen from Louise Witherspoon of Port Haywood.A…
Wreath decorating (12/9/2020) - Melany Slaughter / Gazette-Journal The Garden Club of Gloucester gathered Friday at the Gloucester Historical Museum to decorate wreaths for the museum and other historical buildings in the Court House…
Biodiversity in the soil (12/9/2020) - Saturday, December 5 was World Soil Day, celebrated since 2014. It was formally adopted by the 68th UN General Assembly in December 2013. The theme for World Soil Day 2020…
Tidewater SWCD sets 2021 schedule (12/9/2020) - The Tidewater Soil and Water Conservation District has announced its meeting schedule for 2021. All meetings will be held at the Tidewater SWCD office at 6969 Fox Hunt Lane, Gloucester.…
Good things (12/2/2020) - Dear readers, we have printed a lot of your photos since the pandemic began, and are now on the ninth month of showing your beautiful flowers, foliage, and seasonal decorations.…
A gift for that special gardener (12/2/2020) - It is the first week of December, and we have finished eating Thanksgiving leftovers. The holiday buying frenzy has begun, although shopping looks a little different this year. I haven’t…
Sunrise at Severn (12/2/2020) - Friday morning sunrise at the Severn Yachting Center, Hayes.
Autumn sunset (12/2/2020) - The sky is filled with colors recently as the sun sets on the North River in Mathews.
Changes: (11/24/2020) - A bright-red persimmon, a narcissus anticipating another season, and cactus blooming right on time for the holidays; we have them all. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Beverly Holmberg of…
Thankful for turkeys (11/24/2020) - Every spring, Jim and I wait for the new flock of tiny velociraptors, accompanied by their stately and vigilant mother, to hop, skip, and bounce their way across the field…