Storey staffers and friends share August garden scenes.
A few weeks ago, I was beginning to think there were two mainstays of summer I might not see again this year: rain and bumblebees. Serious summer drought conditions in Massachusetts have left crispy gardens and dusty earth everywhere, and floral food for bees has seemed to bloom and die off faster than usual (not so in Norway, as you’ll see below). But lately, summer storms have brought mildest relief and, as pollinator favorites like sunflowers and Joe-Pye weed have begun to blossom, the bumblebees are again turning up in droning droves. Every night after sundown, I turn on my porch light to see each sunflower head in our front yard occupied by no fewer than three slumbering bumbles. What a revelation, to discover that they bed down in their dinner plates! Enjoy these glimpses of Storey gardens filled with vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, and hot pinks — the color equivalents of the sultry dog days of summer. What’s blooming where you are? — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
Can we just go head and call June “peony season”? These big-headed blooms, with buds beloved by ants and with tissue paper-like petals, may have a short lifespan. When they’re happening, though, I have a hard time resisting a stop in each yard I pass … Read More
To meet your needs, a home vermicomposting system will have to measure up to your expectations, provide a convenient method for converting organic waste to a usable end product, and satisfy your idea of suitable aesthetics. Potential end products are a supply of worms for … Read More
Last month, we were still digging out from a punishing winter. (It actually snowed here on April 30). In May, we’re making up for lost time. To stroll down the street in the center of town here in North Adams today is … Read More
Providing habitat for pollinators can be as simple as planting a small garden. Here are some key considerations when creating a welcoming space for pollinators. Planting Layout Groupings of single flower species reduce the energy required for foraging because pollinators can spot the plant quickly … Read More
The path to a little fruit tree begins a dramatic heading cut that can only be called aggressive. Whether your new fruit tree is a slender, branchless sapling or the most beautifully branched specimen you could find in the bareroot bin, most fruit trees require … Read More
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