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The Perfect Time for Pruning Your Fir Tree, by Adina Dosan

My fir tree has grown up! This year it was the first time when it made pine cones, which are now falling down. I've been growing it since it was only a foot high and now it's just as tall as the house - as it should be, since I've been trimming it every year, on Christmas.

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PlantFiles: Grape Hyacinth (Muscari azureum)

Grape Hyacinth

(Muscari azureum)

The hardiness information here is wrong. This is a very hardy bulb, well beyond zone 8. It was very happy in my zone 6 garden. This...
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Hirt's Gardens (formerly Hirt's Greenhouse & Flowers)

Review by gandyman33:

I have been buying from Hirt's for years and usually I am pleased with what I have purchased knowing they sell small starter...
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BirdFiles: Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)

Chipping Sparrow

(Spizella passerina)

We enjoy these cute little "guys" in the breeding months. We've seen them at the end of March until October. I appreciate...
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BugFiles: Scarce Bamboo Page (Philaethria dido)

Scarce Bamboo Page

(Philaethria dido)

Flies South of the border and near border of Texas & throughout Northern South America. The Malachite is said to mimic this...
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Map: Garden Centers, Garden Supplies

A Nearly Native Nursery

5 stars
The owners are very nice and personable. They have so much knowledge and are very easy to talk to. All the plants i have...
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Review by suzebrown:

I am the author of this book, and I took the 35 photographs that appear in it, too. Needless to say, I love it. Eleanor...
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Weird Tree Bark

Hi all,

I found a strange tree in Belmont Plateau, a section of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. I was hoping someone here might be able to help me, even though I don\'t have much to go on besides this picture
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  Today in history: February 22  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Time to start those seedlings. Make sure your pots are clean and you have plenty of light and bottom heat to get them off to a good start.

1705: Swedish naturalist Peter Artedi was born in the province of Angermanland. He was a friend of Linnaeus, and upon his death, his manuscripts went to him for publishing.

1734: Heinrich Gottfried von Mattuschka, German botanist was born at Jauer (now Jawor), Poland. He would write "Flora silesiaca", and named several plants including Quercus petraea. The genus Mattuschkea (syn. Perama) was named in his honor.

1831: Dr. Henry Nicholas Bolander, American botanist, was born in Schluchtern, Hesse, Germany. After emigrating to the U.S., he worked for California Geological Survey, and was the state botanist for California.

1843: William Whitman Bailey, botanist was born at West Point, New York. He would become a professor at Brown University and author.

1893: Myron Hunt was elected the first president of the then-fledgling American Rose Society. Today it is the largest specialized plant society in America, and is dedicated to the cultivation and enjoyment of roses.

1949: Grady the cow, a 1200-pound heifer, became stuck in a grain silo in Yukon, Oklahoma. The silo's opening could not be widened, so the plight of Grady drew an outpouring of suggestions from across the U.S. Ralph Partridge, editor of the Denver Post, came to Grady's rescue and was able to sedate her and pull her out safely. She became a tourist attraction and two children's books were written about her.

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