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While walking the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine, this morning and seeing many clumps of Queen Anne's lace, they reminded me of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont roadsides more than this spectacular walkway along the rocky coast of Maine. … more
So much is being said about insect pollinators lately, especially the honey bees, bumblebees and other bees numbering something like 20,000 species worldwide. Pollinators also include many flies, a variety of beetles, our lovely butterflies and … more
We really don't need the calendar to let us know that autumn begins this coming, Friday, Sept. 22. Yellowed and browned leaves of bearded iris and daylilies, red and purple spots on the foliage of disease-ridden peonies, and faded flowers and … more
It's not surprising that tomato finishes at the top of the list in annual surveys of the most popular garden vegetable. I'm sure one reason is the culinary versatility of tomatoes. After a slow start, tomatoes are now ripening at a rapid pace, … more
Q: While driving through south Berkshire, don't know exactly what town, maybe New Marlborough, I saw a tall bird that wasn't a heron. It was standing in a field. It took me a while to get to look at a bird book. When I did, I think it was probably a … more
The appearance of yellow, and subsequently brown, needles on white and other pine species in late September and early October often leads some people to conclude that their trees are in peril. Fear … more
Thinking back on the numbers of monarch butterflies we saw in the Northeast in 2015 and 2016, I saw only one. This past summer, many were seen and has offered hope that they may still have a chance. … more
Q: What to do about this nest that is hanging under a porch? (The writer enclosed a photo.) Will winter weather take care of this or do we call an exterminator? It is very active at present. Are they … more
I have a dilemma. A few weeks ago I discovered a nest of baby cottontails in the middle of my vegetable garden. Admittedly, they were as cute as a bunny ... which, if you're a rabbit, is better than being cuter than a bug's ear. At the time I … more
With the arrival of autumn my thoughts have turned to spring — spring flowering bulbs, that is. As such, I am putting together my spring bulb shopping list. Since the blossoms and foliage of … more
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