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Flowering Shrubs

Crepe myrtle, yellow elder, clerodendrum, cape honeysuckle and frangipani are all popular flowering shrubs on Abaco and are being joined by Mussaenda, a plant developed in the Philippines that has enlarged sepals which are as colourful as bracts on poinsettias.

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Sweat it Out: But I Don’t Like That

Above all, you have to give yourself time to adjust to liking some foods. Your taste buds have to be retrained. And that means that you won’t love everything you eat for a while. But it will get easier, and you will start to like the foods more.

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Birding with Charmaine: Vireos and Orioles

The Thick-billed Vireos is prevalent in Abaco. The Black-whiskered Vireo, the Yellow throated Vireo and the White-eyed Vireo are greater in number on Man-O-War this season compared to the past few seasons. A Red-eyed Vireo sighting was recorded as well. *Thick-billed -Permanent Resident Breeds on Abaco – common *Black-whiskered-Summer Resident …

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From the Editor’s Desk: Dog Days

In the up-is-down, left-is-right political climate we’re living in I have become desensitized to a lot of news. But a recent one really got to me. I’m speaking about our Minister of Education groveling on his knees, via email, for illegal business from the Baha Mar crew.

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Gardening with Jack: May Gardening

Strawberry plants can take a good deal of heat but they too should be removed to a semi-shaded area that protects them from early afternoon sun. Pin the young plants produced on runners into their own small pot and wait until the runner dries before cutting the cord and making your new strawberry plant independent. Immediately re-pot into a one-gallon container and fertilize with a Miracid spray on a regular basis.

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Gardening with Jack: Papaya

Papaya is a great fruit for winter residents to grow. Arrive on Abaco, spend a month settling in, then plant a few papaya seeds. Next year fruit will be waiting for you and be available all through your stay.

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From the Editor’s Desk: Whataboutism

A purely hypothetical, and simplified, example: “Mr. Christie, how do you answer for millions missing, or unaccounted for, from the Public Treasury?” Response: “What about these examples of the Ingraham administration’s misspending?”

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Gardening with Jack: April Gardening

Although there are two or three months of production left in our vegetable gardens there are already signs that many crops are coming to an end. Lettuces, for instance, turn bitter as the temperature rises and many of our staples become stressed. Tomatoes started from seed at the beginning of April will produce flowers in late May and by that time our nights will be warm. Regular-sized tomatoes need temperatures below 68 degrees to set fruit. The best bets for late tomato production are cherry tomatoes, particularly of the large-fruited or grape varieties.

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Sweat it Out: Throw Your Excuses Away!

Realize that is not someone else’s responsibility. You alone are responsible for what you let stop you. It’s all about you, your mindset, and what you will allow to get in the way of your goals.

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Sunblock and Reef Health

I am an expatriate homeowner in Treasure Cay that reads your newspaper during the times spent here. I enjoy your incisive and spirited editorials on all things political and socio-economic in The Bahamas, and particularly Abaco. John Cash is a friend of some 25 years and suggested I contact you.

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