SOFT PAWS: What you get from pets

WITH MOST OF US still under “stay at home” directives, I want to concentrate on the advantages of companion animal ownership, we’d like to share these thoughts referenced from holistic-online.com:

The benefits we experience when pets (animals) are beside us:

Pet therapy works by providing proximity to animals to those who can benefit by it. What are the benefits we accrue when animals are brought near us? They’re almost too good to be true! Read more…

COMMUNITIES: Library news

Library does business in different meeting format 

CLAVERACK—The regularly scheduled meeting of the Claverack Library Board of Trustees takes place Tuesday, April 21 at 5 p.m. 

In accordance with New York on Pause social distancing recommendations, the meeting will be conducted via the videoconferencing platform Zoom. The public is welcome to join; email  for sign-in details. 

In addition to reports from standing committees, the trustees and staff will present updates on outreach and communications efforts during the COVID-19 crisis.  Read more…

COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Hudson Flag Day, Memorial Day events called off

Hudson Flag Day is called off

HUDSON—Current coronavirus circumstances have made for unpredictable events that have not been experienced in this lifetime. The Hudson Flag Day Parade Committee has been monitoring news outlets and government sites to stay apprised of the situation.

“We know that due to these specific circumstances we have to take into consideration the safety of all and continue to take precautions in our professional and personal lives,” Committee President Christine Grossman said in an April 17 press release.

For these reasons, the Hudson Flag Day Committee, having considered suggestions and concerns from local authorities, has decided, “with deep regret, that we must not move forward with the 24th Hudson Flag Day Parade and Festival that was scheduled for June 13, 2020,” the release said. Read more…

GREEN THOUGHTS: Gone daffy o’er the queen

THE FEW RECENT DAYS of sunshine and warmth have come as a welcome shock to the body and soul. While our travels are restricted, we’re still allowed to emerge outdoors into our personal safe zones, shrugging off winter’s long-johns, Snuggies and gloom. And what better to greet us than the daffodil? William Cullen Bryant said it best in four simple lines: “Though many a flower in the wood is waking, the daffodil is our doorside queen; she pushes upward the sword already, to spot with sunshine the early green.”

Just picturing a daffodil makes me happier. And that such a delightful plant is so easily grown is another gift from the gardening gods. Daffodils thrive in any at-least-average, decently drained soil, in full sun or partial shade. In fall, plant them at a depth two times the bulb’s height and they will easily outlive you. Deer and voles leave them alone since they contain needle-like crystals of calcium oxalate–why can’t more plants contain such pest insurance? All daffodils ask is that you leave their foliage to wither naturally after the flowers fade, which can be maddening for neatnik gardeners. The trick is to plant them amongst emerging daylilies or other perennials which can mask the dieback or in a patch of lawn which can be left unmown. If that is impossible, give them at least six weeks post-bloom before wielding the shears in their direction. Read more…

THROUGH THE WOODS: Daffodils

I WANDER’D lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

–William Wordsworth 1804

WHAT BEAUTIFUL IMAGERY for a beautiful flower.

Narcissus was the classical Greek name of a beautiful youth who became so entranced with his own reflection that he pined away and the gods turned him into a flower. People sometimes refer to certain types of daffodils as narcissus, but in general growers refer to all types as daffodils.

Daffodils grow wild and are found in a variety of habitats in Europe and North Africa. Spain hosts the greatest variety of species, but they can also be found in Morocco, Portugal, western France, Italy, and other countries.

Daffodils were found in gardens at a very early stage in the history of man. About 300 BC, the Greek botanist and philosopher Theophrastus listed and described many of the earliest known kinds. Thousands of cultivars have been bred by hybridizers around the world. These cultivars are usually grown in spring, or less frequently in autumn or winter. The petals are mostly yellow or white but can occasionally be orange, green, or red or a combination of these colors. Read more…