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Mistletoe: Kiss Me Quick!, by Joyce B. Gladden

Kissing under the Mistletoe is an age old Christmas tradition. Symbolic of peace and love, kissing under its boughs insured marriage. Did you know there is proper etiquette for this ritual?

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My Grandmother's Christmas Cactus, by Angela Carson

This time of year always brings both a flood of joy and a tinge of sadness as I think of the dear family members who are no longer with us. I have a vivid, colorful reminder of my grandmother, Gladys Nichols, in the form of her treasured Christmas cactus, which breaks into bloom every December on my enclosed porch.

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PlantFiles: Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra)

Queen of the Prairie

(Filipendula rubra)

I hate to give this plant a negative since it obviously does well in the right location. I just never found that location...
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HostasDirect Inc.

Review by bc_ellen:

I've ordered from HostasDirect several times now, both in the spring and late fall. All of the orders I've placed have been...
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BirdFiles: Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Indigo Bunting

(Passerina cyanea)

We see these beautiful little guys during the late winter here. They do eat from our seed feeders, along with our other usual...
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BugFiles: Mining Bee (Andrena sp.)

Mining Bee

(Andrena sp.)

This species of bee that I have seen tend to be very common during the earliest part of spring, when bulbs are blooming -...
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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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Merry Christmas from Arlington, Texas.

May your Christmas celebration be filled with Love and Joy.
The picture is from last year, but it is still beautiful.
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  Today in history: December 25  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Ever feel like you and Santa have a garden connection? It's possible - everyone knows he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe.

1497: Vasco da Gama landed at present day Durban, South Africa. In honor of the day, he named the area Rio de Natal, Port Natal.

1731: Caspar (Kaspar) Commelin, botanist and nephew of Jan Commelin, died in Amsterdam at the age of 63. The genus Commelina was named for Jan and Caspar.

1741: Anders Celsius developed the Centigrade temperature scale. Originally he had the freezing point of water at 100 and the boiling point at 0. This was reversed after his death to match the other temperature scales.

1938: Czechoslovakian writer, Karel Capek died of double pneumonia, at the age of 47. He authored a variety of works, including one on gardening titled "The Gardener's Year", a reflective and humorous look at life through the eyes of a gardener.

1957: Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., American landscape architect, died at age 87. He worked as an apprentice to his father on the Biltmore Estate gardens and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago before establishing Harvard's training program in landscape architecture.

1966: A White Christmas from North Carolina to New England. Even coastal Virginia was blanketed with snow.

1987: Tucson, Arizona enjoyed a white Christmas for the first time in 47 years.

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