Storey staffers and friends share June garden scenes.
As we head into the first month of summer, we’re seeing fallout from our strange spring weather. It looks as though we won’t have many peaches this year, and in my own yard, our rhododendron — always a huge lure for bumble bees and hummingbirds — simply failed to flower for the first time on record. That’s made me think about what plants I can add to our garden to supplement the food supply when the usual favorites don’t flower when we expect them to. All of this thinking is timely, since next week is National Pollinator Week. In keeping with that theme, my colleagues snapped several photos that show our pollinators in action, from hummingbirds and butterflies to tiny native bees, along with photos of plants the pollinators in their gardens love. It’s giving me lots of ideas for next year. 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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