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Celebrate Juneteenth with ‘Black Barbie’

The Netflix documentary directed by Lagueria Davis drops today.

NICK DILLER weather summary: August 2019, warm and dry

August was the third straight with much below average rainfall. The rivers and streams are showing it.

EYES TO THE SKY: Starlight, Sirius rising, and the dog days of summer

The summer return of the Dog Star is known as Sirius’ heliacal rising, an astronomical term indicating star rise close to sunrise.

NATURE’S TURN: Unwelcome cabbage white butterflies and dreaded cross-striped cabbage moths

Until last year, the imported cabbageworm – a soft, slightly fuzzy green worm – was the only cabbage-family pest most of us had experienced.

NATURE’S TURN: A full plate

Onions and potatoes, tomatoes and basil, cucumbers and kale, snap beans and zucchini fill dinner plates and overflow salad plates as the growing season peaks.

NICK DILLER: A hot August 28

A high temperature of 92 at 3:24 p.m. coupled with a dew point of 78 brought the heat index to 104.5.

NATURE’S TURN: Harvest and reseed. Revel in flowers, relish fruits

Among the late summer bloomers in my landscape are a fragrant heirloom phlox, Japanese anemone, Oswego tea, Russian sage and New York ironweed, all perennials.

Nick Diller weather summary: August 2017, cool and dry

Rainfall totaled 3.36 versus the average 4.20 inches. But once again, it did not feel drier and cooler because of moderate to extreme humidity.

Nick Diller weather summary: August 2016, dry as a bone – and hot           

Since Memorial Day Weekend rainfall has totaled 8.36 inches compared to an average of 13.4.

NATURE’S TURN: The gardener’s art — gathering visions and vegetables

There’s still time to plant more radishes and broadcast seeds of lettuce, spinach and Asian greens in beds where alliums, spring beets and potatoes grew.

NATURE’S TURN: An August garden — a magic kingdom

Now’s the time to be delirious with just-picked, all-you-can-eat garden fare and the promise of produce for the seasons ahead.

BOB GRAY: Farewell(s) to summer

In its finality, August, by my lights, lives a double life: a brazen, wilting day at first, a day as crisp as October the next.
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