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The 25th of December is a day we always winter sow our poppy seeds. I made a mistake 2 years ago and decided to save hubby the work and do it the "night before". The following is an explanation, with apologies to Clement C. Moore :)
Poinsettia are a symbol of the holidays and ubiquitous in stores, office building lobbies, banks and other public spaces between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Ever wonder about the history of this popular plant?
This book was recommended to me by the Desert Botanical Garden when I first moved to Phoenix in 2007. It's difficult to find... Read more »
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There is a large tree at the back of this lot we are considering purchasing, and I'm trying to figure out what it is. Unfortunately, being winter now, I can't identify it by its leaves. I am attaching a Google street view View Responses (3 replies)
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Resist the temptation to clean your perennial beds. The leaves and stems provide winter protection for tender roots and seed heads are a welcome treat for the birds.
1524: Vasco da Gama, Portuguese explorer, died. He was the commander of the first ships to sail directly from Europe to India.
1905: Frederick William Burbridge, plant hunter, died in Dublin, Ireland at the age of 58. He was a plant hunter for the Veitch Nurseries and later curator of the Botanic Gardens at Trinity College, Dublin. He is commemorated by the genus Burbridgea and several specific epithets.
1914: John Muir, Scottish-born American naturalist died in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 76.
1983: The coldest Christmas Eve on record in the U.S. Over 125 cities recorded record lows for the date, including 17 cities that established all-time record lows for the month of December. Chicago recorded its coldest ever with a reading of 25 degrees below zero and Havre, Montana recorded their all-time low with 50 degrees below zero.