Melinda’s Garden: Brighten the Holidays with Colorful Plants

Garden centers, florists, and grocery stores are filling their shelves with a variety of holiday plants, a sure sign the holidays are approaching.

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The Beauty in Nature: Wandering Albatrosses

Wandering albatrosses are well named. They often soar hundreds of miles a day, low over the southern oceans that circle Antarctica, all day, every day, for a couple of weeks straight.

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The Beauty in Nature: Flying Squirrels

I’ve seen a few southern flying squirrels “in the flesh” in southeastern Pennsylvania in my lifetime and heard about others from people who saw those charming little rodents, mostly at birdfeeders at night.

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Remember These Tips When You Buy a Second Home

Thinking of buying a second home? You don’t have to be rich, but you do have to be careful.

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The Beauty in Nature: Chimney Swifts

I remember walking along a sidewalk when I was 5 years old and hearing chattering overhead. Looking up, I saw a loose group of small birds flying swiftly.

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Ants in Your House? How to Get Rid of Them Safely

Most of us don’t want to share a home with ants, but we don’t want to douse the place with insecticide either.

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The Beauty in Nature: 2 Yellowjacket Wasps

By late summer, most of us have been pestered by yellowjackets at picnics, and some of us noticed the gray, football-sized paper nests of bald-faced hornets attached to twigs in trees.

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Melinda’s Garden: Plant Alliums This Fall to Add Variety and Beauty to Your Garden

Take your garden to new heights with alliums. This ornamental member of the onion family provides welcome color as spring bulbs fade and before summer perennials fill our gardens with colorful blooms.

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The Beauty in Nature: Blooming Southern Trees

One sultry, moonlit July evening a few years ago, I enjoyed seeing, and smelling, the large, white blossoms on a 30-foot-tall southern magnolia tree on a southeastern Pennsylvania lawn.

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