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Christmas Cacti Care, by Geoff Stein

There are several plant species that are called Christmas cacti, but the true Christmas cactus is the plant discussed below, Schlumbergera x buckleyi, a hybrid of some very similar holiday cacti, and is a very common plant in cultivation. These are relatively easy plants to take care of, safe (no spines or toxins) and can live a long time (generations). The following is a brief discussion of these plants and their year round care.

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The Best House Plants for Low Light, by Debbie Wolfe

Some plants grow perfectly fine in very low light conditions. If you need to find the perfect plant to live in a shady spot of your home, here are a few that will not disappoint.

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PlantFiles: Grecian Windflower 'Mona Lisa Red' (Anemone coronaria)

Grecian Windflower 'Mona Lisa Red'

(Anemone coronaria)

Plant in November/December in zone 8. A must have for the spring garden. Perfect for cutting....
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American Meadows

Review by pescraggs:

I ordered the Wildflower Mixture from American Meadows and planted it as directed. The results were unbelievable! Flowers...
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BirdFiles: Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)

Eastern Phoebe

(Sayornis phoebe)

Having moved into this house last year, we noticed two previous nests lodged on a ledge beneath a tree-house in the yard....
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BugFiles: Brazilian Skipper (Calpodes ethlius)

Brazilian Skipper

(Calpodes ethlius)

...leaning to negative. I have put a lot of thought and effort towards creating a friendly butterfly habitat and do not...
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Volo Bog State Natural Area

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A wonderful small natural area, about 47.5 acres, of an unique habitat of acid sphagnum bog with uncommon plants for northeast...
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Gardening Book: Roses - A Firefly Guide

Roses - A Firefly Guide

Review by DonnaMack:

This is a beautiful hardcover book that is incredibly practical. It categorizes roses by use, such as roses in beds, shrub...
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Merry Christmas Swap: What did Santa bring? Part 2

Merry Christmas Swap: What did Santa bring? Part 2
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  Today in history: November 20  
0000: Today's Hortiscope: Use some self-discipline to get through your list of errands before holiday guests arrive. Reward yourself with a fun gourd craft project after you've chopped and bagged all the vegetables in the crisper.

1704: Charles Plumier, French botanist for whom the genus Plumeria was named, died.

1929: Penelope Hobhouse, English garden writer, designer and television host, was born at Moyola Park, Castledawson, Northern Ireland. She has written numerous garden books, hosted a television series for HGTV, and designed gardens for the Queen Mother, along with many others. In 1999, she received the lifetime achievement award from the Guild of Garden Writers.

1947: When then Princess Elizabeth of Great Britain married Prince Phillip, she carried a bouquet of three types of British-grown orchids, cattleya, odontoglossum, and cypripedium (and of course, a sprig of Queen Victoria's myrtle from the plant started from her wedding bouquet.) The bouquet was lost somewhere after the ceremony, but before the family photos. Princess Elizabeth and her groom, Prince Philip, posed for photos without the bouquet, though the pair had portraits taken after the wedding with a replica of the bouquet.

1955: Brother Leon (Joseph Sylvestre Sauget), Cuban botanist, died at age 84. He was the author of "Flora of Cuba" and other papers on Cuban plants.

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