Colorful Caladiums Brighten Shade Gardens All Season

Tuck them into the garden, pop some in a container, or dress up a window box. Then water as needed, add a bit of fertilizer, and wait for the color explosion.

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The Beauty in Nature: Wintering Feathered Commuters

Several kinds of adaptable, wintering birds — including horned larks, Canada geese, mallard ducks, rock pigeons, mourning doves, American crows, red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and screech owls — feed in fields harvested to the ground in southeastern Pennsylvania, but they rest and digest their food elsewhere.

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The Beauty in Nature: Wildlife Food on Rural Roads

Risking death, several kinds of common wildlife in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, are adaptable enough to get food off country roads through the year. Some of the more common foods on rural roads include earthworms, dead animals, spilled grain, and road apples.

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Is that Still Safe to Eat?

Is that fruitcake that’s been in your pantry since last year safe to eat?

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The Beauty in Nature: Hawks in Winter Fields

Wintering flocks of horned larks, house sparrows, starlings, rock pigeons, mourning doves, and other species of birds are adapted to eating grass, weed seeds, and bits of corn in extensive fields in southeastern Pennsylvania during winter.

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The Green Mountain Gardener: Make Your Own Holiday Decorations

Natural holiday decorations such as roping, swags, wreaths, and table arrangements are not hard to make. You will catch on to the simple principles quickly, and in a short time your results may surprise everyone, including yourself.

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The Beauty in Nature: Suburban Food Chains

Common, everyday house sparrows are abundant in cities, towns, and farmyards the year around in southeastern Pennsylvania and across most of the United States and other countries around the world.

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The Beauty in Nature: Sweet Gums and Bradford Pears

Sweet gum and Bradford pear trees are planted on lawns and along streets in southeastern Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, for their attractive shapes, summer shade, colored leaves, and multitudes of white flowers on the pear trees in April.

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Plant Easy-Care Daffodils Now for Added Spring Beauty

Daffodils have a cheery presence in the spring garden and are a surefire way to chase away the winter blues. These fall-planted bulbs are also reliable perennials that require no maintenance and are not bothered by deer or other pests.

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