January 18, 2016 |
What about Amsterdam? It was a message from my friend. We were both college students spending the semester abroad in separate European cities, and it was the first time our breaks were aligning to spend a long weekend traveling together. I hadn't truly considered Amsterdam as a weekend destination, but she swayed me with Google images of canals and bikes, Dutch pancakes and stroop waffles, and an Airbnb houseboat (the last of which I declined). The high-speed train landed me in Amsterdam in less than four hours, dispatching the French and Belgians on the outskirts of the canal-filled city.
April 25, 2014
THE DAFFODILS are sprouting, the grass is growing. It's time to hire some kid to mow the lawn so you can dive into beer-drinking season. Put these events and beers on your springtime to-drink list. Events Arbrew Day, tomorrow TreePhilly and Yards Brewing will encourage beer drinkers to exercise their green thumbs with a pint and a spade. Get planting with a cold glass of Yards ale and a free yard tree and T-shirt at these participating bars: Bourbon Blue (2 Rector St., Manayunk)
April 14, 2013
Stephen Berg is a stay-at-home father and blogger Recently, my 11-year-old son, Henry, and I drove with a couple of friends to a dear family friend's funeral. Before Daniel Palomino died, Henry was aware of his long and difficult battle with cancer, and, as it progressed, we would share appropriate detail. So when Daniel died and I asked Henry if he wanted to come to his funeral, he did not hesitate. The majority of the time was spent outdoors in a beautiful wooded setting where Henry was able to ask questions, walk around freely, and be a part of the send-off in a very special manner.
October 8, 2012 |
Oodles of daffodils. That's what Joan Lenhardt remembers most about the historic Selma Mansion in Norristown. Yes, the Federal-style manor on West Airy Street was once the home of a Revolutionary War general and of the mother of Mary Todd Lincoln. But when Lenhardt, as a young girl, walked by on her way to school, it was all about the estate's field of yellow flowers. "Not only do I remember the daffodils, my mother remembers the daffodils," said the now 70-something Lenhardt, of East Norriton.
October 22, 2010 |
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Whether your garden is lush with too many plants or lacking the lovely look it deserves, there is a common cure: spring-flowering bulbs. "Bulbs are incredibly important in the landscape because they give an early seasonal pizzazz of color that would not normally be present without them," says Becky Heath of Brent & Becky's Bulbs in Gloucester, Va. Autumn is when you plant early-season beauties such as crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, scilla, snowdrops, and tulips because they require a long period of cool temperatures to spark the biochemical process that causes them to flower in spring.
October 15, 2004 |
Jack Van de Wetering is a nurseryman on a mission: to make bulb planting easy as 1-2-3. Experienced gardeners may think nature took care of that. But research indicates that gardeners have been planting fewer bulbs, partly because they find the process too complicated - different bulbs have to be planted at different depths and at certain times of year. So Van de Wetering and his team at Ivy Acres wholesale nursery on Long Island set out to "take all of the complexity and mystery out of fall bulb planting.
October 24, 2000 |
Come spring, the road to Thornton will be awash with thousands of sunny daffodils swaying in the breeze - at least, that's the plan. Inspired by a similar scene on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, Jane Anderman, a member of Thornbury's Park and Recreation Board, has organized a mass daffodil planting - more than 17,000 bulbs - along Glen Mills Road for the first weekend of next month. It will take a troop of volunteers to get the bulbs in the ground, she said. "If people are willing to get down on their hands and knees and get the bulbs in, pointy side up, we can use them," Anderman said with a laugh, adding that no gardening experience is necessary.
January 4, 2000 |
Violets bloomed in Germantown. Daffodil shoots pushed up from the earth in North Philadelphia. For the second straight day, humans strolled around the city in sweaters or shirt sleeves instead of ski parkas. What a January! And it's not only that the mercury hit a record high of 63 degrees yesterday - a degree higher than the previous high for the date, reached in 1913. Just look at the first three days of the new millennium. They've averaged about 48 degrees - and that's 16 degrees higher than the usual edge-of-freezing temperature for the first three days of January, the National Weather Service says.
May 10, 1999 |
Turn on sports-talk radio and you would think that sports team executives are only a half-step up from Lucifer and the bad guy who ties women to the railroad tracks in silent movies. But a look around college campuses this spring tells a different story. If being a college commencement speaker is any indication of hipness, then those sports-world fat cats should start thinking about doing their own soft-drink and sneaker ads. Right here in the Philadelphia area, for instance, you can find 76ers president-fitness guru Pat Croce giving the commencement address at West Chester University; New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz doing the honors at Rutgers-Camden, and alum John Beake, general manager of the Denver Broncos, speaking to grads of the College of New Jersey (although it was the more prosaic Trenton State College when Beake graduated in 1961)
March 6, 1998 |
Down the driveway of the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill, three 12-foot magnolia trees exuberantly display their snow white blossoms. In the garden of Center City's Tenth Presbyterian Church, forsythia glows golden as Philadelphia gets yet more rain. Crocuses, daffodils, even tulips are up in Haddonfield neighborhoods, ready to burst open if they haven't already. Mother Nature is running way out in front. What's going on? Some weather watchers blame El Nino for the climatic curve ball that has flowers, bushes and trees blooming ahead of schedule.