A queen wakes up in spring after a long winter nap. After finding a place to call home, and enjoying a breakfast of flower nectar and pollen, she starts laying eggs, which will turn into bumble bees.
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The season of gratitude is upon us. I want to thank you readers for stopping by this column to get my musings on the garden for the last 21 years. In this, my last article, I think back fondly on how plants have helped cultivate friendships and well-being.
Nasturtiums are vibrant, cheerful flowers in hot red, orange and yellow, with distinctive round leaves with spoke-like veining.
Bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators play an important role in our global ecosystem. By transporting pollen from one plant to another, they make growing the food we eat and the beautiful garden spaces we enjoy possible.
A banana “tree” is a misnomer. The big trunk of this lush plant that grows with lightning speed from a rhizome is actually a fibrous stalk.
If you are not acquainted with the native shrub Virginia sweetspire, you may come to appreciate its wonderful adaptability, especially in today’s perplexing climate extremes.
Anyone who gardens, or even putters in the yard, knows that the simple act of gardening provides many benefits — fresh air, exercise, stress relief and access to fresh foods to name a few.