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Rosewell visit (10/20/2021) - Members of the York River Garden Club visited the ruins of Rosewell in Gloucester on Oct. 14, first stopping at the Visitor Center/Museum where Rosewell Foundation Executive Director Elizabeth Judd…
It’s all from nature (10/13/2021) - Beautiful fall flowers mix it up here with fungi and a lizard. Our abundant landscape holds many treasures. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Carrie Belvin sends in roses showing…
Three useful native trees (10/13/2021) - While I was researching how early Native Americans used various plants, shrubs, and trees for food, medicine, and building materials, I remembered two columns I had written in 2015 about…
NABA count finds 1,722 butterflies in Middle Peninsula (10/13/2021) - The Middle Peninsula Master Naturalist chapter sponsored a North American Butterfly Association butterfly count on Saturday, Aug. 28. The NABA Butterfly Count Program has been held annually since 1975, but…
Still cooking! (10/13/2021) - At the age of 94, Eugene Ripley of Onemo, is still making pear preserves, having this year turned 15 pounds of pears into 18 jars of preserves. His canning career…
A wall of color (10/6/2021) - Blossoms, insects, and even ghostly growths such as Indian pipes, are painting early fall in Tidewater Virginia in a wall of color. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Indian pipes…
Who are the Master Naturalists? (10/6/2021) - During a recent joint Zoom meeting, attended by members of the local Middle Peninsula Master Naturalists and Gloucester Master Gardeners, I mentioned that I would be happy to write a…
‘Market Days’ raffle (10/6/2021) - Although this year’s Mathews Market Days was canceled due to the rise in COVID-19 numbers, the Central Village Homemakers still managed to hold the raffle they have with the annual…
BIRTH| (10/6/2021) - James and Rebecca Hudgins of Mathews, announce the birth of a son on Sept. 15, 2021 in Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News. He has been named Calvin Scott Hudgins,…
Heading into fall (9/29/2021) - With a change of season, new species come into bloom and some odd creatures are found by the lens. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Rita Anderson sends photos of…
Plant diseases (9/29/2021) - In late summer, I sometimes notice discoloration of Hydrangea macrophylla leaves. The leaves near the base of the plant may turn yellow and develop 1/8 to ¼ inch circular gray…
River Country Quilters (9/29/2021) - Courtenay Hughes, standing, presented a daytime workshop Aug. 24 to the River Country Quilters Guild. Members learned techniques for making a Disappearing Hourglass quilt. That evening, she addressed the group’s…
Plenty to see (9/22/2021) - Take a walk and find plenty of flowers, flying feeders, and interesting foliage at the beginning of fall. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Monarchs and hummingbirds feeding on the…
Weddings, Engagements (9/22/2021) - Brown-West Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kemp Brown Jr. Tabitha Catherine West and Charles Kemp Brown Jr. were married at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at Barrack Landing in Gloucester.…
When plants change their names (9/22/2021) - Plants don’t really change their names by themselves. Botanists change the names of plants, and when they do, life can get confusing, even frustrating, for anyone interested in gardening. Let…
Fall Colors (9/15/2021) - The flowers seem to grow brighter and bolder as their summer display nears an end. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Beautiful dahlias at the home of Ginger Rowe in…
Plant your perennials in the fall (9/15/2021) - The annual Gloucester Master Gardeners’ Plant Extravaganza was held last Saturday, Sept. 11. The day was perfect, with blue sky, a pleasant temperature, and hundreds of plants lovingly nurtured for…
Plant sale (9/15/2021) - The Gloucester Extension Master Gardeners held its yearly Plant Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday at the Moose Family Center. Pictured above are plant lovers milling around, admiring the array of…
DAR meeting (9/15/2021) - Members of the Augustine Warner Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Gloucester, attended the 65th anniversary of District II Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution, held Aug. 14 at the…
Need a little sunshine? (9/1/2021) - When the news is gloomy, try taking a walk with Mother Nature to brighten your spirits. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. “This sunflower just looked proud this morning,” said…
Busch-Traft (9/1/2021) - Sharee Lynn Traft and Frank Lynn Busch were married 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021 at their home. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Cramer of LightHouse Church, Hayes, officiated. Music…
Native shrubs to plant this fall (9/1/2021) - Since I wrote about the invasiveness and toxicity of nandina or heavenly bamboo (Nandina domestica) in July, several people have asked me about non-invasive shrubs they could plant in place…
Living the life (9/1/2021) - As thermometers soared into the 90s this week, these cats at the home of Chris Bridge of Diggs flattened out. Above, from left, are tabby Bitsy and grey and white…
Mathews County dawn (9/1/2021) - Crabpot buoys in the distance, a merchant ship on the horizon, and the sunrise over all: the break of day on Monday in the Chesapeake Bay, just off the shoreline…
Beauty in the garden (8/25/2021) - It’s late summer, and flying beauties are taking their sustenance from garden flowers, which continue to add their own beauty to the landscape. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Blooms…
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