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Donna Wiley, the formal garden horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center, has an answer for the many gardeners who believe that native plants are suited only to naturalistic plantings, that they are too wild … more
Q: We have a colorful evening grosbeak here this afternoon (Oct. 28). Don't see that too often. He wouldn't be traveling with the siskins that arrived today would he?— Paul, WindsorA: Even … more
As I stare out the window, I see the good, the bad, the ugly. The good is the colorful fall foliage that defines New England in October. The bad is the premature dropping of leaves from many of these … more
With the arrival of fall, many folks regard the flower garden as a fait accompli as a quick scan of the garden fails to show any plants in bloom the weeds notwithstanding. This is not unusual since … more
Among wild animals, color makes little difference, and gray squirrels are a good example. Black will mate with gray; white will mate with gray or black, and gray will mate with either. This column … more
Q: We walked along the bike trail in Amherst last weekend and noticed many wooly worms crossing out path — and they all had roughly the same pattern. What kind of winter will we have? I've … more
Next spring, I plan to replace a large part of my thread-bare lawn with a meadow. The conditions are favorable: the same poor, sandy clay soil that has crippled my lawn is ideally suited to the … more
MELANISTIC SQUIRREL SURVEYOver the past two months that I have been gathering data, 57 readers responded with a total of 69 to 75 melanistic gray squirrels reported. Lack of location or number and … more
When I was a student at the New York Botanical Garden 30-odd years ago, ecology was something that we mostly left to the scientists. It was just beginning to make an impression on what the gardeners … more
The more I heard about this new boardwalk in Lenox, the more I wanted to give it a try. But when? Wait until spring when everything will be fresh and green? No! Fall has its paybacks, no pesky flies … more
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