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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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: 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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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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The Beauty in Nature: Converging Birds and Horseshoe Crabs

In May of some years, I’ve traveled to Delaware Bay beaches in New Jersey and Delaware to experience the convergence of many thousands of spawning horseshoe crabs, nesting laughing gulls, and migrating shorebirds, including red knots, ruddy turnstones, dunlin, and semi-palmated sandpipers.

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The Beauty in Nature: Tree-Nesting Shorebirds

Solitary sandpipers and Bonaparte’s gulls are unusual shorebirds in their respective families.

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Melinda’s Garden: Spring into the Growing Season

Spring-flowering bulbs and perennials are filling our landscapes with color.

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