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  • June plant swap is Saturday
    “June Plant Swap” is 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Reservations are required by Thursday; 427-6000 or go to www.
  • Workshops focus on preserving produce
    FORT WAYNE – The Purdue Extension Service in Allen County is offering Preserving Nature’s Bounty workshops on safe home food preservation procedures and to answer frequently asked questions on canning, freezing
  • Master Gardener helpline available
    A free Master Gardener Volunteers Helpline is available through The Ohio State University Extension Office in Paulding, Ohio.
Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Orioles are drawn to fruit and nectar-bearing flowers.They are also attracted to grape jelly.

Spring is definitely here

Spring seems to have finally arrived in full force at my home. Saturday I saw a moving mass around my cherry tree. A swarm of bees showed up to pollinate the blooms.

Then while I was out back repotting my vegetable plants into bigger pots, I saw a Baltimore oriole at a feeder with grape jelly. Later a catbird arrived to eat some jam.

Robins stay year 'round, but the oriole and catbird are the real indicators of spring. Any day now a hummingbird will be showing up.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)