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The bright colors of this nudibranch warn potential predators that it is covered with stinging cells from its prey, soft coral polyps.

The bright colors of this nudibranch warn potential predators that it is covered with stinging cells.

Nothing is as otherworldly as the strange and beautiful flora and fauna living deep underwater. These are just 6 of the many astonishing marine spectacles that can be witnessed in person all over North America and in the pages of Vladimir Dinet’s Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors.

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Fall garden chores

by Timber Press on October 26, 2016

in Gardening

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This fall garden design outlines bulb planting with spring favorites like English bluebells and Geranium daffodils. These blooms add blue and yellow interest along a sandstone path, flanked by existing ornamental trees and azalea borders. Illustration by the author.

Packed with recipes, garden designs, décor suggestions, and lists of the most important garden chores, The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook is an irreplaceable seasonal resource.

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Winter garden design

by Timber Press on October 26, 2016

in Design, Gardening

Watercolor by Karla Beatty.

Watercolor by Karla Beatty.

Although winter is primarily the time of year to showcase structure in the garden, this does not mean it needs to be devoid of color. Evergreens, colorful woody stems, ornamental berries, and the remnants of dry grasses and seedheads all partner together to chase away the winter blues. Enjoy the detailed “Winter Wonderland” garden design from Stephanie Cohen and Jennifer Benner’s The Nonstop Garden: A Step-by-Step Guide to Smart Plant Choices and Four-Season Designs.

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Every species and even subspecies of bird has its own unique routes of migration, and these routes, where huge numbers of birds can be seen at the same time, are called flyways.

Almost all North American birds migrate every year. For some, the migration is less than a mile long, but most have to embark on a long, exhausting, increasingly dangerous exodus spanning hundreds and even thousands of miles. Here are some of the best tips and tricks for catching a glimpse of these astonishing migrations found in Vladimir Dinet’s Wildlife Spectacles: Mass Migrations, Mating Rituals, and Other Fascinating Animal Behaviors.

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Photograph by Debra Daniels-Zeller

In November we “fall back,” gaining an hour of daylight  back to wrap up our fall harvests and put our gardens to bed. Here are some of our favorite Timber Press recipes for using those late summer and autumn harvests to their fullest potential:

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Inspired by Caitlin Atkinson’s fall-foraged garland tutorial in Plant Craft, Timber Press brought some of the changing colors of autumn inside.

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A tillandsia and a few rabbit’s foot ferns thrive in the light and humidity of an east-facing windowsill above the kitchen sink.

The range of effort required to keep tender plants alive over the winter varies from really easy to not difficult at all. What you’ll be capable of depends on how much you can lift without injury, how much control you have over the indoor climate, and how much space is available. Enjoy these tips and tricks for “overwintering” from Kristin Green‘s Plantiful: Start Small, Grow Big with 150 Plants That Spread, Self-Sow, and Overwinter.

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The New England Carnivorous Plant Society‘s most successful conference to date and Portland Center Stage’s 2016 “Little Shop of Horrors” aren’t the only signs people are ravenously curious to know more about venus fly traps and other carnivorous plant species.

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