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Q An indigo bunting [is] a first for me in my garden in Williamstown. He has stayed around for days (about 10 so far) and this evening, joined the doves ground feeding. In the morning, he was up on … more
Among the most attractive flowers in the summer garden are the lilies, including Turk's cap lilies, tiger lilies, Asiatic and Oriental lilies. Yes, I know it is still spring, but I mention these … more
This coming Friday is Arbor Day, a day dedicated to trees. Some will celebrate the day by participating in a community project, such as a commemorative tree planting, while others will demonstrate … more
Q There are no more pigeons in downtown Pittsfield. Where did they all go? I have been in business on North Street for 44 years and have not seen any for the last several years. I saw one single … more
Last weekend, as I was refilling the hulled sunflower seed feeder, two rival male black-capped chickadees began their spring rivalry. Hidden from sight within the evergreen hedge we share with Al and … more
Constellations are like states. Just as the continental U.S. is divided into 48 such states — some large and some small — the heavens are also divided into 88 constellations. And just as every city in the U.S. (except … more
How do you spell "relief"? I don't know since spelling was never my forte in school. Fortunately, I am spared much embarrassment by having "spell check" on my computer. However, if I had to spell it … more
Q: I live in Lanesborough, where we have a small pond. We are frequently visited by a kingfisher, coming to eat the crayfish and goldfish in the pond. Today, we were treated to two kingfishers, … more
Q We have this robin that for the last week has sat on a little tree 10 feet from our three-paned north window. He flies at the window, hitting it with his chest, then flutters to the ground and … more
"One of the most functional plants in garden history, it has been used for screens, hedges and foundations in the great gardens of the world." These are the words of noted horticulturist Dr. Michael … more
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