Chinese lanterns, bright and cheery, can lend a festive air to an evening out on the patio. As far as I know they are harmless. Chinese spotted lanternflies are also bold and colorful, but they do cause harm, and a lot of it.
Like the political process, cranberries can leave a sour taste in your mouth. But unlike politics, whose bitter aftertaste cuts through any amount of sweetener, the flavor of cranberries is readily improved with a little sugar.
After the cloud-like flocks of blackbirds have departed, swarming like giant amoebas toward points south, and the broad chevrons of geese have mostly disappeared over the horizon, another momentous fall event begins. Yes, it’s time for one more native species to take to the air—the great milkweed migration is on.
Fall has officially arrived. As we turn up our thermostats and look forward to autumnal delicacies such as pumpkin spice lattes, warm apple cider, pumpkin pie, and butternut squash soup, let us not forget to give thanks to those small, overlooked, and often under-appreciated creatures that make such treats possible—the bees.