May 27, 2015 |
WHEN IT was his time to speak, "Edward (Ned) Hector," dressed in his American Revolutionary military uniform, walked toward the podium to address the people gathered at Washington Square for a Memorial Day commemoration. "I'll bet you're wondering what this black man is doing dressed in this uniform," Noah Lewis, a professional re-enactor portraying the Revolutionary War bombardier, told the crowd of fewer than 100 people yesterday. He went on to tell them that between 3,000 and 5,000 black troops fought for the Continental Army while another 7,000 to 10,000 fought for the British after the British promised enslaved men in the South their freedom.
May 10, 2014 |
Succulent plants - things like agaves, aloes, and sempervivums, known as "semps" - are glamorous and unfussy, with a distinctly 21st-century plus: They can survive periods of drought by storing water and nutrients in their fleshy leaves and stems. That quality alone makes them a darling on the rain-starved West Coast and increasingly popular with environmentally thoughtful gardeners elsewhere. But succulents, especially the perennial "semps," are prized for another reason: They're cool!
December 22, 2013 |
At Christmastime, from the moment you step onto Angela Sandone-Barr and Bill Barr's property in Riverton, N.J., the enchantment begins. Nestled on the wooded lot are three dancing reindeer adorned with twinkling lights, greeting callers as they wind down the country driveway. Wreaths and white candles in every window illuminate the brown house that sits at the edge of a bird sanctuary. That warm spirit radiates inside, not only from the fires that burn frequently in the fireplaces, but also from a couple who lovingly celebrate the joys of Christmas with family and friends.
October 1, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My sister and I take turns (a few days at a time) caring for our 91-year-old mother. I went to her place for July Fourth, and before returning home, I took flowers to the family cemetery, which is close to Mom's house. It's something I do every year. I took wreaths I had made for each of my grandparents, an uncle, my precious son (who died at 5) and my dear sister who was recently laid to rest. Each wreath was unique - I had carefully chosen favorite flowers. Even though the wreaths were artificial, they were pretty, and I felt proud to display them on the graves of my loved ones.
August 11, 2012 |
Rest and read. It may be too hot to read out in the garden, but here's a good book for the screened porch: Amy Stewart's Wicked Bugs , which I just finished. It's a fascinating look at creatures that have affected man over the course of history, and the author's chilling stories made me realize how vulnerable we are if we don't understand the world around us. Stewart recommends many websites at the end of her book, such as Pesticide Action Network North America's www.panna.org , which suggests alternatives to pesticides.
March 23, 2012 |
Prune hydrangeas, especially mopheads. Mopheads ( Hydrangea macrophylla ) typically have waxy, cabbagelike leaves and are the most colorful of all hydrangeas. (Other species are usually white.) You can prune them back to about two feet, cutting just above two buds that are emerging on the stem. Typically, mopheads bloom on old wood, so you want to leave enough of last year's buds on the stem to provide blooms for this year. If you're not sure what type of hydrangea you have, go to hydrangeashydrangeas.com.
March 23, 2012 |
I once assumed that the word seasonal referred only to part-time employment, persistent allergies, and mood disorders. I didn't realize the word could apply to Bucks County front-door wreaths that were supposed to be rotated faster than you could say "Center hall Colonial. " Wreaths achieved stardom back in Greco-Roman times, when winners of sporting events were crowned with laurel or oak-leaf wreaths. A few centuries later, a practical decathlon champion realized that the prickly foliage looked, and actually felt, a lot better if you hung it on a door instead of around your forehead.
November 11, 2011
OUR PERSONS in uniform deserve all the recognition we can give them today - from solemn wreath-laying ceremonies to serious discounts. Battleship New Jersey A morning ceremony on the forecastle includes the casting of a wreath into the Delaware and the firing of a portside gun. Battleship New Jersey, 62 Battleship Place, 10 a.m., free, 215-923-0210 or 800-298-4200, www.battleshipnj.org . Seaport Museum Outside the Becuna,...
May 18, 2011 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - Sometimes words aren't necessary. That was the case Tuesday when Queen Elizabeth II placed a wreath in Dublin's Garden of Remembrance to honor the Irish rebels who lost their lives fighting for freedom from Britain. The queen became the first British monarch to set foot in Dublin for a century. Her four-day visit is designed to show that the bitter enmity of Ireland's war of independence 90 years ago has been replaced by Anglo-Irish friendship and that peace has become irreversible in the neighboring British territory of Northern Ireland.
April 6, 2011 |
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Church bells pealed across West Virginia for 29 fallen coal miners as countless tears fell Tuesday and dozens of coal mines stood silent at 3 p.m., roughly the moment when a powerful blast tore through the Upper Big Branch Mine one year ago. Massey Energy Co., owner of the vast underground mine where the men died in the worst coalfield disaster since 1970, halted production at mines in West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky....