Another week or two and it might be safe to put the snow shovel away. Just call me a cockeyed optimist. But I have flowers blooming all over the place and trees are hazy with the beginnings of new buds. This is my favorite part of the season, at least for the moment.

There is a romantic notion that the first flowers of spring are the early crocus and snowdrops. The truth is that the first flowers of spring are weeds. But we ignore that. If we were not capable of self delusion, we would not be gardeners, would we.

HARRISBURG – The State Museum of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation invite artists and craftspeople to submit applications to exhibit their work in the annual Art of the State. Now in its 54th year, this acclaimed juried exhibition boasts a tradition of presenting highly c…

How did the pandemic and unwanted graffiti on downtown buildings converge into a project that inspired high school students to create art and, at the same time, express their feelings about the historically tough times in which we are living? They planted the seed for a project called “Voice…

It’s official. Doubly official, in fact. First, a crocus popped up in the front lawn. These are species crocus that usually come up in February, not March, but it is a like a teenager who gets home three hours after curfew: You should be angry but you’re just glad they made it home.

February is a carrot and stick month. The carrot is glimpses of spring just around the corner. The stick? Well, you know the stick.

Back in the olden days, when I started gardening, herbicides were mechanical or mechano-organic, i.e., hoe and muscle. Over the decades many chemical herbicides have been developed. Good thing, too; my muscles were giving out.

Q: Greg I enjoy all of your columns about collector cars, but could you again give us your opinion on the state of motorsports, especially the pro ranks in drag racing, IndyCar and NASCAR? Can it survive another year of the Covid? I know NHRA had a rough year and had to cut it purses. Can yo…

I don’t believe groundhogs. Frankly they aren’t very bright. Punxsutawney Phil has been back in his burrow dozing because he thinks spring is still weeks away. But my houseplants know better.

Snow has been called the poor man's fertilizer. That's an old wives' tale. If it were a new wives' tale, snow would be called the poor person's fertilizer. In either case, if it is true I have gotten rich this winter, at least in fertilizer, which some say I have always had in ample supply, …

My feijoa is budding out. I'm not sure why it's so early. If I knew anyone else with a feijoa, I'd ask them what theirs is doing. Feijoa sellowiana is the pineapple guava, and everybody should have one, at least everybody who has ever brought home a Benjamin fig tree.

I always thought that hydrangeas were ... well, boring. Perhaps they had some certain charm, but only in their proper setting: the middle of a large rural yard with an old farm house and assorted outbuildings.

Forcing is the process of conning a flowering plant to bloom before it wants to. It is commonly thought to be advanced horticulture – if that isn’t an oxymoron – but not so. Often nature does it just by accident. Did your forsythia bloom during a tropical spell one January? That’s forcing, a…

I just read a magazine article praising new varieties available for the first time this year. I noticed that most of the producers of these new garden plants also advertised in that magazine. The person who wrote the article almost certainly never grew them.

I love this time of year. The holidays are my absolute favorite, but not just because of the lights and food and family time. I also love that we have the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and decide where we want to go. And if we’re being honest, we all need a fresh start after the…

This 2020 holiday season, we again present our yearly column with updated stats on the dangers of drinking and driving. Being that we are enduring a difficult year because of the COVID 19 pandemic and fewer people are driving, some of the stats uncovered for 2020 are disturbing. Sloat, Nicho…

The Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association is starting a new program, called the “Songs of the Susquehanna” – a creative opportunity to engage people about the river, its benefits and the threats it faces throughout the 11,000-square-mile middle Susquehanna watershed defined by the North…

Life is drawn to water.  We all can relate to that.  Land bordering waterways and waterbodies is teaming with life.  Riparian is a term literally meaning “riverbank”, or land beside the water.  How we manage our riparian land has far reaching effects.  Therefore, the conservation district gi…

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Emily Lewis, the 2020 Bradford-Sullivan Counties Outstanding Young Woman, will be hosting the modified 2021 OYW program at the end of this month.

Q: Greg I’m a big Plymouth Road Runner and Dodge Super Bee enthusiast from the years 1968 to 1970.  When both were introduced in 1968, they became boulevard cruising classics. However, while these mid-size MOPARS were fast, especially with the 426 Hemi and 440s, they were both affordable and…