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Hot cocoa, bugs, and forests

Last week my neighborhood hosted the traditional Christmas tree lighting event. Usually this event involves lighting the large Christmas tree across my street, having Santa come visit the kids on the firefighter truck, and sharing a cup of warm chocolate…

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Vanilla and food: not plain when it comes to pollination

You decide to bake some cookies. You have your butter stick ready to go, you open your pantry to look for the ingredients. There is flour, oats, sugar, chocolate chips; things look good. You then realize that you’re missing that…

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The buzz in your seasonal latte: Who pollinates the pumpkin spices?

Wow, fall is here. When did that happen?! And because this fall comes after a tortuous year, I want to spend time doing some soul pampering. It is for this reason that, until the end of the year, I will…

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What’s the deal with butterfly bushes: Good or bad for pollinators?

swallowtail butterfly on flowers of butterfly bush

The summer is slowly leaving us, with many of us starting to harvest the last wave of vegetables and enjoying the beautiful late summer flowers. At this time of the year, I like to review what happened in the peak…

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What’s humming in your garden?

The summer is here, and one of the big pluses of it is that it brings a bunch of new visitors to our region, some of which are the whimsical and hungry hummingbirds! In today’s post we’ll talk about these…

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Butterflies in Maryland: Swallowtails and Checkerspots

In seasonal regions such as Maryland, nature goes through cycles, with some seasons reserved for growing and reproducing, and others for resting and waiting for conditions to get better. One of the groups of organisms that in my opinion represent…

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What should I plant to help pollinators?

We all want to protect pollinators and it seems that the best way to do that is to have a lot of flowers so they can feed on them. But if you’ve ever checked a seed catalog or visited a…

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