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September Favorites

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Text and photos © Catherine Renzi

Many September gardens are waning, preparing for dormancy after festive summer partying with exciting colors and fragrances. But, September is also a time of new beginnings; Autumn begins in September, and a new academic year begins for students of all ages. For me, each year begins anew with my September birthday. Continue Reading →

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Purple and Yellow: A Perfect Pairing

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Text and photos c. 2009 Yellow Springs Farm LLC

April showers bring May flowers; how comforting and reassuring this is! Despite climate change, suburban sprawl, and economic recession, the flowers are as bright and beautiful as ever. Native flowers are ready for showtime in May, just in time to provide plenty of pollen and nectar to the insects, butterflies, and honeybees. Continue Reading →

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Pleasing the Bees

[Note from Nan: Our newest guest contributor, Catherine Renzi, is owner of Yellow Springs Farm Native Plants Nursery in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Her posts will focus on the importance of native plants for habitat, biodiversity, and sustainability, as well as their great colors, textures, and the aesthetics. You can find out more about her and the nursery by visiting the Yellow Springs Farm website.]

bee_hivesLike other animals, honey bees require adequate shelter and food in order to survive. Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are not a native species, but were brought to America by European colonists. It is especially interesting to see how this “Old World” species selects among native plants (“New World” species) and naturalized European and Asian species to fill its needs. Continue Reading →

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