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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.
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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I've recently seen pictures of interesting black and yellow beans(?) pop up in a few places, such as the cover of the Baker Creek catalog.
Anyone know what they are?
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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.