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Not Your Grandma's Poinsettias! Luscious Hybrids Take Center Stage, by Toni Leland

Today's Poinsettias will knock your socks off! Breeders are producing more beautiful hybrids than ever, many of them named for holiday foods. Plum Pudding. Christmas Cookie. Santa Claus Candy. Beautiful, but temperamental, these tender plants need some TLC to make it through the season in your home.

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Mistletoe: Some Interesting Facts and Legends, by Melody Rose

Christmas is almost upon us and the halls are decked. Many times, decorations include mistletoe, a plant considered sacred by many cultures.

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PlantFiles: Red Castor Bean 'Carmencita' (Ricinus communis)

Red Castor Bean 'Carmencita'

(Ricinus communis)

I love this plant!!! Its nice to always look forward to seeing it outside my windows every morning, and I get a lot of great...
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Hazzard's Greenhouse

Review by DonnaMack:

I placed my first order from Hazzard's Seeds to get seeds for a plant I originally purchased from Bluestone, left behind...
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BirdFiles: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

Northern Mockingbird

(Mimus polyglottos)

Has anyone else seen a Northern Mockingbird in Madison, WI? ...
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BugFiles: Bag Worm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)

Bag Worm

(Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis)

Very destructive. I have two Thuja green giants out of about 50 that seem to be targeted as well as a solitary arbor vitae....
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

Daniel Boone Homestead

5 stars
Great to visit the historical birth place of Daniel Boone with some good 18th century buildings and colonial style gardens....
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Gardening Book: Arizona Gardener's Guide

Arizona Gardener's Guide

Review by boumer:

This book was recommended to me by the Desert Botanical Garden when I first moved to Phoenix in 2007. It's difficult to find...
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Since 2000, we've grown to be a comprehensive gardening community with discussion forums for every hobby, home and garden topic you can imagine. Our members are knowledgeable about soil, weather, watering, and just about every kind of plant and insect. On behalf of all our members, we are glad you came to visit, and we hope you will stop by again soon!


Tod's 2014 dahlias

It will take me some time to scale all these pictures, but I'll try to keep going till I am finished with it. My poor memory can't seem to store more than 250 names, so I don't recall all of the names.

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  Today in history: December 20  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Cleaning out the refrigerator to make room for holiday treats? Be sure to compost all those wilted fruits and vegetables, and recycle disposable containers. Every bit helps our planet!

1790: The first cotton mill in the US to successfully spin yarn did so on this day in Pawtucket, RI.

1821: Matthew Zahm of Lancaster, Pennsylvania described a decorated Christmas tree; it is the oldest known written record of a Christmas tree in the U.S.

1839: The Microscopial Society of London was formed at the rooms of the Horticultural Society; at the time it was headquartered at 21 Regent Street.

1840: Explorer Charles Wilkes and naturalist Titian Peale arrived at Wake Island aboard the USS Vincennes.

1990: Snow fell at Santa Maria, California for the first time since records were kept.

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