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Smith-Bunting (6/17/2020) - Alexandra Claire Bunting and Jackson Anthony Smith were married at 3 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at The Hornsby House Inn, Yorktown. Pastor Bill West officiated. The bride is the…
Remembering Captain Sally (6/17/2020) - The Captain Sally Tompkins Chapter UDC 2626 met recently to lay a wreath on the grave of Captain Sally Tompkins in her honor and memory. A Mathews native, Tompkins opened…
Spiderwort (6/17/2020) - A long-blooming native perennial like Spiderwort, Tradescantia virginiana, can fit into a lot of spaces in the home garden. Three-petaled flowers form a triangle. They are violet-blue with vivid yellow…
Oakleaf Hydrangea, a southeastern beauty (6/10/2020) - Last week, I wrote about deer-inflicted damage to many of our shrubs and perennials while we were away from home for several weeks in 2019. Two of the affected plants…
Twelve weeks and counting… (6/10/2020) - As the novel coronavirus shut down local activities, we asked readers to send photos of daffodils and other flowers to brighten our outlook. The first blooms appeared on this page…
Images bring hope (6/3/2020) - As Covid-19 fatalities pass 100,000 and protests erupt across the land after the death of George Floyd, these readers’ images bring hope of better times. Please send yours to editor@gazettejournal.net.…
Cupcake kid (6/3/2020) - Two-year-old Lexi Mayor celebrated the Memorial Day holiday, eating a patriotic cupcake, with a lot of the blue icing not making it past her mouth.
Roses in bloom (5/27/2020) - And many other flowers as well have burst into full color in recent weeks. Our readers continue to cheer us in these days of social distancing. Please send your photos…
A deer-resistant perennial border (5/27/2020) - Last May, Jim and I returned from two exciting weeks of touring in Ireland to discover that our local gang of six or seven deer had stripped the buds from…
May flowers (5/20/2020) - We believe our readers have some of the most beautiful flowers on the planet, and are happy they continue to send their photos to us. We hope to see more…
The dreaded rose rosette disease (5/20/2020) - It is now mid-May, and the lush beds of daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs have faded into memory. We are waiting for the foliage to turn yellow and die back,…
Ewell-Johnson (5/20/2020) - Hannah Marie EwellEric Wade Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Kenny L. Ewell of Dutton announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Marie Ewell, to Eric Wade Johnson, son of Mr. and…
Red Columbine (5/13/2020) - Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, is one of our loveliest early spring flowers, with hanging red flowers that have long spurs and yellow centers. The nectar at the base of the…
Ewell-Johnson (5/13/2020) - Hannah Marie EwellEric Wade Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Kenny L. Ewell of Dutton, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hanna Marie Ewell, to Eric Wade Johnson, son of Mr. and…
Azalea leaf and flower gall (5/13/2020) - Gardening is full of daily surprises. In the words of Roseanne Rosannadanna, aka the late, brilliant Gilda Radner, “It just goes to show. It’s always something. If it isn’t one…
Bursting with spring (5/13/2020) - The trees are fully green, the grass is growing, and flowers of every shape and color are in bloom. We thank our readers for continuing to send photographs of their…
The flowering faces of spring: all different, all beautiful (5/6/2020) - In the flower garden, in the border around the house, in the woods, and alongside the ditches, the flowers of spring are blooming in every color and form. Our readers…
Hampton-Rikard (5/6/2020) - Tim and Susan Hill of Mathews and Richmond, announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Elisabeth Hampton, to Garett Samuel Rikard, son of Sammy and Dottie Rickard of Lexington, South…
Another look (5/6/2020) - We asked readers for photos of themselves in protective masks, receiving these images in the past week. Top to bottom, Gini Hill of Horn Harbor posing at Bethel Beach in…
Daffodils need their leaves (5/6/2020) - The best way to take care of daffodils after they bloom is to forget about them for a while. That’s the advice from the Gloucester Daffodil Club. Don’t mow over…
Beautiful springtime (4/29/2020) - Our readers continue to send photographs of the beautiful flowering face of spring, bringing cheer to our readers as the state and nation continue with social isolation. We are happy…
Variegated Weigela shows its true color (4/29/2020) - Gloucester Master Gardeners, like all groups, has curtailed our community activities, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t available by phone, text, or email to answer gardening questions. Master Gardeners…
Golden Ragwort (4/29/2020) - Golden Ragwort, Packera aurea, is a welcome sign of spring, covering swampy areas with bright yellow, from mid-March through early summer. The buds are purple, and open to display yellow…
Beautiful springtime (4/22/2020) - We are so grateful that our readers continue to send photos that remind us of life renewed each spring, even as the nation struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Please…
The New Victory Garden (4/22/2020) - During a trip to Boston in 2015, Jim and I visited the Fenway Victory Gardens, the oldest surviving victory gardens in the United States. They were established in 1942 in…