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Nature Nearby: Nature’s winter forecaster?

November 15, 2017

BY FRED SEITZ — Walking down the street on a mild October afternoon, my wife and I encountered one of winter’s most famous and visible harbingers, a banded woolly bear caterpillar (aka woolly worm or fuzzy worm). Pyrrharctia isabella is the caterpillar, or larval form, of the Isabella tiger [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Winter lawn care advice from the experts

November 15, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, Now that the weather is cool and the leaves are falling, I feel pumped about cleaning up my yard before winter. I have been hearing different things, though, about whether it’s a good idea. A neighbor of mine says to leave the leaves and everything else alone, and wait [read more]

My Two Cents: One last tree hug

November 15, 2017

BY LESLEY RIDDLE — I have always been a tree hugger. Growing up in northern New Jersey, I was surrounded by old-growth trees, much like those in the City of Hyattsville. I remember the two giants that graced our own front yard, a magnificent eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and a horse [read more]

Miss Floribunda: When nice plants get a bad reputation

October 24, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, My witch hazel is blooming, and I love the smell of its yellow flowers, which look like curls to me. While I admit the little tree does look kind of scraggly, like an old hag, or maybe even an old scag with bed head, I don’t know why it’s called a [read more]

Then & Now: A rumination on Heurich’s dairy farm

October 24, 2017

BY RANDY FLETCHER — As I wait for the light to turn green at the corner of Belcrest Road and Route 410, I wonder what it felt like to be here, at this very spot, before what I see now was standing. What would the ground feel like beneath my feet? What would the air smell like? Crisp apples? [read more]

Miss Floribunda: Frustrating fungus

September 20, 2017

Dear Miss Floribunda, About a year ago, I noticed fungus-like growth on my azalea bushes (see attached picture). It’s slowly been getting worse, and some of the branches have died. What’s going on here, and what should I do about it? I’ve had these shrubs for a long time and [read more]

Nature Nearby: The fungus among us

September 20, 2017

BY FRED SEITZ — The extensive rain in the past few months has raised the visibility of one of the most adaptive, diverse and mysterious organisms: fungus. A walk in the woods will reveal fungi from the familiar toadstools, to various shelf-type fungi on trees and logs, to some brilliant [read more]

From the Editor: Big Brothers Big Sisters hope to fill need

September 20, 2017

BY MARIA JAMES — In the May edition of the Hyattsville Life & Times, I openly shared my challenge with finding my identity as a single adult who is childless and lives in our family-oriented community. I received many positive and encouraging messages from others who are living the single, [read more]
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