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'Twas the Night before Sowing, by Dea O'Hopp

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 :)

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All about Poinsettia, by Jeanne Grunert

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?

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PlantFiles: Mountain Laurel 'Tiddlywink' (Kalmia latifolia)

Mountain Laurel 'Tiddlywink'

(Kalmia latifolia)

This plant is a joy to watch bloom. Its diminutive size, coupled with it's prolific bloom make it a choice and very useful...
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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: Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

Spotted Dove

(Spilopelia chinensis)

They are usually seen in pairs. They love to search for food on the ground. As such, they are easy prey for cats that hide...
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BugFiles: Long-tailed Skipper (Urbanus proteus)

Long-tailed Skipper

(Urbanus proteus)

Found cats on my lima bean leaves, could only find two. Captured the smallest one and reared it on bean leaves. FYI, it ate...
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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!


CLOSED: Unknown SE Michigan tree

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
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  Today in history: December 24  
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.

1923: President Coolidge lit the first U.S. Christmas tree, a 48-foot Balsam fir donated by Middlebury College.

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.

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