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CAROL LOLLIS
Bill Robbins,an employee of Omasta, plants Petunias along route 9 in front of Riverbend Animal in Hadley Friday morning.

Planting petunias

Friday, May 22, 2015

Get growing: Bear with ugly foliage while spring flowers fade

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulips and daffodils are ending their bloom period and now their foliage becomes admittedly unsightly. Even knowledgeable gardeners are tempted to cut back the yellowing leaves. Yes, for several weeks the yellowing leaves mar the garden display — but that’s the price we pay for a gorgeous spring. You certainly may, and should, …

Your Time: Plant sale, Amherst Garden Club

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Avid gardeners arrived early last Saturday for the annual plant sale of the Garden Club of Amherst on the Town Common. They circled the tent, scoping out the plants they wanted to grab as soon as the gong was struck at 8:30 a.m. Japanese primroses, hostas, katsura trees and Trilliums, are always popular. …

The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center of Southampton presents exhihit of black and white photos

Friday, May 8, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — The Robert Floyd Photo Gallery and Learning Center of Southampton opens an exhibit of black and white photography May 17 that will run through June 7. “Decades of Adventures in Black and White, ’40s to Present” …

Outdoor furnishings: A long way from webbed chairs

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Outdoor living spaces have come a long way from the days when “outdoor furnishings” meant a few inexpensive folding chairs around a flimsy plastic table. Today’s outdoor chairs might be wrought iron or wrought aluminum, with upholstered seats. …

Get Growing: The multicolors of spring have sprung

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Is green the color of spring? All through that brutal winter with its cold white snow cover, gardeners longed for a bit of green. Now the turf is greening up, leaves are emerging on shade and ornamental trees …

Gardening 101: Getting down and dirty in your own growing patch

Friday, May 1, 2015

How do you learn to be a successful gardener? Basically, by trial and error. Getting your hands in the dirt (pardon, me — soil) is the best way to learn, even though you are bound to make mistakes. …

Gardening help is at hand

Friday, May 1, 2015

Good soil is essential to success. You can get a full-scale soil test done at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for $15. Directions on taking a sample are available online at ag.umass.edu/services/soil-and-tissue-testing-laboratory. Master gardeners from the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association do pH testing for $1 per sample …

Solutions for reclaiming the space in your garage

Friday, May 1, 2015

Do you have an impressive front entry door but you prefer to enter and leave your home through the garage? If so, you’re not alone. A recent survey of 1,000 adults living in homes with remote-controlled garage doors …

Get growing: Savoring daffodils’ early burst of color

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daffodils make me smile. They are so cheerful nodding in the breeze and so resilient. A snow flurry or even a gale won’t deter them from blooming merrily. At my former garden in South Amherst I had dozens …

Quabbin photo group to discuss macro photography

Friday, April 24, 2015

BELCHERTOWN — The Quabbin Photo Group will hold its monthly meeting Monday at the Quabbin Visitor’s Center, off Route 9, featuring a program on macro photography. It will begin at 7 p.m. “Introduction to Macro Photography will be presented by Walter Coombs, who has been interested in the …

Ski resorts worth hundreds of millions could be sold

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEWRY, Maine — A real estate investment trust that’s considering getting out of the snow business could sell more than dozen ski resorts from Maine to California that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. CNL Lifestyle Properties …

After a brutal winter, Spring Bulb Show visitors take refuge amid color, soothing fragrances at Smith College

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — After the winter we’ve endured, the long-running annual Spring Bulb Show at Smith College with its display of 7,000 colorful bulbs no doubt will be a bigger draw than ever this year. By way of verification, …