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It’s been hot (8/10/2022) - Nature follows its seasonal patterns. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Rose Mallow, hibiscus moscheutos, among wildflowers seen on Cheryl Battle’s walk near marshlands. Pat and Dave Chance of New…
Eggplant Eggplant—garden beauties (8/10/2022) - As Jim becomes more experienced with vegetable gardening, he plants something new every spring. This year, he tried cantaloupe, poblano peppers, and eggplant. The cantaloupes have been delicious, and the…
edit community butterfly count Butterfly count (8/10/2022) - The Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist Chapter will sponsor a North American Butterfly Association butterfly count on Saturday, Aug. 27. The NABA Butterfly Count Program has been held annually since 1975;…
1a hummingbird Eating like a bird (8/3/2022) - Sunday morning’s sky was stunning, but this hummingbird could probably care less about the beauty surrounding him, and instead has his sights set on this feeder on a porch in…
onken barette Onken – Bennett (8/3/2022) - Brandi Marie Onken and Robert Travis Bennett were married Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 3 p.m. at Anchored Haven in Hayes, Va., on the York River at the home of…
Gardening to conserve water (8/3/2022) - July was a hot, humid month with stretches of blistering days followed by fast-moving, violent thunderstorms that dropped enough rain to fulfill our watering needs for a few days. This…
community york river circle Book Author Luncheon (8/3/2022) - The York River Circle of The King’s Daughters and Sons will hold its annual Book Author Luncheon on Oct. 22, featuring novelist Connie Lapallo. Among those planning this year’s event…
community sherertz Bag worm invasion (8/3/2022) - Larry Sherertz of Hayes sent along this “red alert” for homeowners with trees in the spruce family. “I noticed some of the branch tips (of his tree) barren of needles.…
Bright and beautiful (7/27/2022) - The flowers of mid-summer make a bold statement. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Gin Evans of Port Haywood sends a photo of her hibiscus. Rose of Sharon blooming at…
edit engagement gardner Gardner-Harwell (7/27/2022) - Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Gardner of Yorktown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Harriot Gardner, to Devin Matthew Harwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harwell of Eastover, South…
Hornworm Hornworms (7/27/2022) - Gardening questions don’t arise just once, then disappear forever, especially when they involve insect pests or suspected plant diseases. A request from the Gloucester Extension office last week to respond…
When good tomatoes go bad (7/20/2022) - The tomato, the unofficial emblem of summer, red and juicy, plucked from the vine on a hot July day and eaten like an apple. Who hasn’t stood in the garden…
Flora and fauna (7/20/2022) - The hot days of summer make things grow and show. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Carter Borden of Gloucester stands beside the 12’ sunflower with 50 blooms at his…
Birds, bees, butterflies, bunnies, buds (7/13/2022) - It’s mid-summer, and nature is thriving. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Joy Albertson, North, thanks readers for naming her mystery mullein plant, now topping six feet. Gary Barker’s mother…
community bay quilters Bay Quilters donate 27 quilts to RISP (7/13/2022) - Bay Quilters, a Mathews-based quilt guild, meets monthly to provide education and learning to its membership related to all things quilting. At its most recent meeting, Service Projects Chairperson Pat…
Vole trouble (7/13/2022) - The subject of voles hadn’t arisen in our house for several years until a few weeks ago, when Jim discovered that the leaves of several healthy hostas planted around a…
Best of nature (7/6/2022) - Insects, plants, and mammals are all putting on a show. For another great nature story, see page 2B. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Scarlet Nantes carrots, bell peppers and…
Bugged? (7/6/2022) - In the past two weeks, several gardeners have asked about stink bugs on tomatoes and squash bugs on squash plants. Both are members of the order Hemiptera and are considered…
Who will win? (7/6/2022) - PHOTOS BY LARRY SHERETZEagle vs. Ospreys fighting for a nest on Timberneck Creek. Larry Sheretz sent along this poem to go with it (read in the same cadence as “T’was…
Well Water clinic dates, locations finalized (7/6/2022) - Virginia Cooperative Extension has finalized the dates and locations for well water testing clinics in Middlesex, Mathews and Gloucester, and registration is open for those interested in participating. The Well…
Mitch Smith Mitch Smith transformed himself, now he transforms others (6/29/2022) - Mathews native Mitch Smith has influenced many young people as well as adults in a positive, yet humble manner. His story is one of being in the depths of despair…
Midyear bounty (6/29/2022) - Plantings support wildlife and produce fruits and flowers for our tables and arrangements. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Linda Dalgety of Port Haywood sent photos of her first blueberries…
Why plant Virginia natives? (6/29/2022) - If you google the question asked in the title of this column, you will receive a multitude of hits, and most of them will say the same thing: Native plants…
community black birders Black Birders’ Week (6/29/2022) - A Black Birders’ Week birdwatching event was held on June 4 at Beaverdam Park. Sponsored by the Gloucester Branch of the NAACP, the Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists and the Middle…
community kd&s King’s Daughters (6/29/2022) - Amy Ashberry spoke about her mission work and Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Ministry at the Chesapeake Bay Circle of The King’s Daughters and Sons last Thursday. Ashberry is shown on…
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