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Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Not Your Grandma's Poinsettias! Luscious Hybrids Take Center Stage
By Toni Leland (tonileland)

Today's Poinsettias will knock your socks off! Breeders are producing more beautiful hybrids than ever, many of them named for holiday foods. Plum Pudding. Christmas Cookie. Santa Claus Candy. Beautiful, but temperamental, these tender plants need some TLC to make it through the season in your home.

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Mistletoe: Some Interesting Facts and Legends
By Melody Rose (melody)

Christmas is almost upon us and the halls are decked. Many times, decorations include mistletoe, a plant considered sacred by many cultures.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Farolitos or luminarias: Greeting Christmas with Glowing Light in the American Southwest
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Christmas Eve is welcomed with elegant displays of flickering white lights in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and other cities in the Southwestern U.S. No blow-up Frosty the Snowmans or gaudy Rudolphs here; the displays are organized by local neighborhoods and are somehow the epitome of both primitive and classy at the same time.

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5 Medicinal Herbs for Common Winter Ailments
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

The use of herbs as medicine has its roots at the very beginning of human history and on every continent. Before there were drug stores or doctor's offices, there were healers.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Rediscovering My Winter Wonderland
By Angela Carson (Bookerc1)

I awoke this morning to a fresh, white world, and as always, was moved by the beauty of it. I am no recent transplant to the Midwest, having lived here my entire life, but there is still something awe-inspiring about the transformation worked in the garden by the first snowfall.

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Fractals in Nature - The Big(ger) Picture!
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

Now we'll move on to a larger scale than ground level plants and animals. I'm talking about mountains, clouds, rivers, valleys, and the like. Fractals play a vital role in the manifestation of all of these. So let's start exploring . . .

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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Frosty fern: adding Selaginella to your collection
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

Frosty fern is a relatively new offering for indoor gardens where I live. It's a friendly looking, cute little plant worth trying or giving. Curiously enough, it is really not a fern, and will die if it gets too frosty (frozen.) So what is it, really?

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The History and Origin of Christmas Plants
By Damian Fagan (D_Fagan)

From the ancient days of the Druids through the rise of the Roman Empire and into the evolution of Christianity, certain plants have symbolized Winter Solstice, the cycle of life and the Christmas season. And what better way to explain religious teachings or spiritual beliefs than through an association with life-giving plants.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Promises, Promises: My Gardening Resolutions
By Tamara Galbraith (TexasTam)

Yes, fellow gardeners, next year will be the year I get my act together.

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Inspired to Cook Winter Squash
By Diana Wind (wind)

Winter squash - summer squash - do you know which is which? Affordable winter and summer squash provide dietary fiber and vitamins necessary for good health. This season, warm up with cooked winter squash in your recipes.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

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Frankincense, a Christmas Treasure
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

In the Bible’s Christmas narrative, three wise men bear gifts to honor the newborn baby Jesus. Among the treasures bestowed at the manger is something called frankincense. Once considered a tribute fit for a king, this aromatic resin still retains a reputation as a precious substance.

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Homemade Gifts from the Garden
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

The garden is a great source for all sorts of homemade gifts that are perfect for the holidays! You don't need to spend a lot of time shopping for gifts if you have a garden.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

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Yarrow - a Star is Born!
By Todd Boland (Todd_Boland)

Who would have ever thought the lovely (and often despised) yarrow would become a premier garden ornamental? Well they have! This article will introduce you to this rising star.

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Dave's Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

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A Della Robbia Centerpiece for Your Holiday Table
By Larry Rettig (LarryR)

What is della Robbia and how is it connected with the holidays? Read on to find the answer and to learn how to craft a unique della Robbia arrangement.

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Feeding Birds in the Garden: Tips and Ideas for the Best Experience
By Melody Rose (melody)

When people list their hobbies, gardening comes first among the world's population. Second place in many countries is bird watching/feeding. These two activities seem to go hand in hand. We definitely enjoy feeding the birds and providing shelter for them.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

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Houseplants in December
By Timmy Jo Given (timmijo)

It is December, and Old Man Winter has come to visit. What does that mean for your indoor houseplants? Here are a few tips to help keep your plants in good shape until spring arrives.

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The Hidden Dangers in Holiday Decor
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Children and pets are particularly intrigued by new items, and the once per year holiday ornamentation holds an almost zealous fascination for little ones and their four footed friends.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Decorating With River Birch Bark
By Sharon Brown (Sharran)

About twenty years ago a friend gave me a twig with roots. She said to me, "I don't know what this is, but I don't want anymore bushes in my yard!" Now, many growing years later, this little twiggy bush has grown into a wonderful 40 foot tall River Birch Tree. It is the crowning glory in my front yard, and it still gives me pleasure as it stands leafless and peeling in the winter sun.

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This Season’s Tree: the Jacaranda
By Jean-Jacques Segalen (jjacques)

October and November could be called the "purple months" on Reunion Island as some stunning trees all of a sudden turn from seemingly dead wood to an amazing mass of delicate though vibrant blue-purple color. Let's have a closer look at them.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Wintering Tropical Plants Under Inexpensive Grow Lights
By Audrey Stallsmith (Audrey)

Since I always want to grow more plants than are hardy in my zone, my tropicals have to go under grow lights in our cool basement or back room from approximately mid October to mid May. As high-powered grow lights can be expensive and/or expensive to run, I settle for my old faithful fluorescent fixtures.

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Forage in Your Backyard for Holiday Decor
By Debbie Wolfe (DebbieWolfe)

You don't have to spend a whole lot of money to have beautiful holiday decor. Check out your backyard and garden to gather seasonal inspiration.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Growing your Christmas Forest, One Tree at a Time
By LariAnn Garner (LariAnn)

When I was a child, I remember thinking that when I grew up, I was going to get live Christmas trees in pots each year, and then after Christmas, plant them out on my land. This way, over the years, I would grow my own Christmas forest, each one with a unique holiday story to go with it. Well, I never did get land up north where I could do that, but I still think about it. How about you? If you have land in a state where you can grow Christmas pines, you can do this for yourself, starting this year!

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Holly Trees for Southern Gardens
By Marie Harrison (can2grow)

Many people admire fruiting hollies in the winter when their brightly colored berries and dark green leaves brighten a garden which otherwise might be drab. Some people, however, choose not to plant hollies in their landscape because they remember the hard spines on the leaf margins of a holly that gave them grief at some time in their past.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

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Laurel Is a Keeper
By Adina Dosan (adinamiti)

About twenty years ago I had a grocery store. Since the business didn't work, I closed the store and got myself a pantry full of groceries. You may not believe it, but I still have laurel dry leaves from my store!

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The Christmas Bulb: Growing and Caring for Amaryllis
By Tricia Drevets (tdrevets)

With its beautiful, rich color and striking, large blooms, the amaryllis is a favorite flowering gift for the holiday season. Native to South America's tropical regions, the amaryllis (with the botanical name Hippeastrum) produces large flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, orange and white as well as pretty striped and multicolored varieties.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

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Garden Jokes and Humor: Daves Garden Sunday Funnies
By Melody Rose (melody)

Gardeners have a keen sense of humor and we know that you'll enjoy adding your family-friendly quote or description to the image. We'll supply the picture and everyone can post their funniest title. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Five Great Easy-Care Houseplants
By Melissa Taylor (MelissaT)

Think you can't successfully grow houseplants? Think again!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

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Lentils: Red, Green, Black...just how old and valuable are they?
By Dea O'Hopp (Dea)

The archaeological excavation at Franchthi Cave in Greece held the discovery of lentils dating back to 11,000 b.c. Indeed, lentils are and have been an incredible nutritional source for ages and continue to provide the same today.

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What's That Bug? Hesperiidae; The Skipper Butterflies
By Melody Rose (melody)

When is a butterfly not exactly a butterfly and a moth not exactly a moth? Skippers share characteristics with both and are sometimes hard to distinguish.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

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Happy Fruitcake Month
By Gwen Bruno (gwen21)

Fruitcake lovers, unite! Serve this traditional Christmas treat with pride, because December is National Fruitcake Month.

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Holiday Flowering Plants
By Susan Beal (SBeal)

What you need to know about Poinsettias and Amaryllis this holiday season.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Giant Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai
By Kelli Kallenborn (Kelli)

When I lived in an apartment, I wanted a bird of paradise plant (Strelitzia reginae) so I bought a plant at the nursery. I planted it in a large pot and there it stayed for several years. It never got all that big, but it never bloomed. Little did I know, I had a giant bird of paradise (Strelitzia nicolai).

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Gardening Gifts From the Far East
By Bonnie Grant (BGrant)

Shopping for a garden enthusiast can be a tall task and with the holiday's looming the savvy shopper needs to narrow down their choices to the best items on the market. Eastern gardening tools have centuries of use and craftsmanship

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Marmalade from Holiday Russian Spiced Tea!
By Bev Walker (Sundownr)

As a child, I remember having Russian spice tea around the Christmas holidays, as that was the only time we had an over-abundance of citrus fruits. It seems like such a waste to just throw out the oranges and lemons after the tea is finished, so I tried making marmalade from it. I now have an exceptional jam to give out for little gifts!

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Berries of the Vaccinium Family
By Carrie Lamont (carrielamont)

Every berry in the Vaccinium group is edible, and most of them are exquisitely tasty as well as extra-good for you. (Please be completely sure before you eat anything you find that you didn't plant. ) Here's an overview of cranberries, lingonberries, blueberries, huckleberries and more.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

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Holly Trees: From Christmas Holly Decorations to Traditional Landscape Specimens
By Jill M. Nicolaus (critterologist)

"The Holly and The Ivy, when they are both full grown, of all the trees that are in the woods, the Holly wears the crown!" The words of this traditional carol celebrate the elegance of the holly tree, whose bright red berries and green leaves brighten our holiday décor. Holly was significant to the ancient Druids and Romans before becoming part of the Christmas tradition, and it has a special place in my heart at this time of year.

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Celeriac: An Underutilized Vegetable
By Paul Rodman (paulgrow)

I have always been amazed how two plants that that look completely different can taste the same. Case in point: cane and beet sugar. The two look completely different, but I challenge anyone to tell the difference in taste. I recently discovered another set of plants in this same category: celeriac and celery. Celeriac has the same flavor as its distant cousin, pascal celery. You're not familiar with it? You're not alone. Let me introduce you to celeriac.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

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Kiwifruit: By Any Other Name, It's still Delicious and Nutritious
By Diana Wind (wind)

Did you know that Kiwi is a relatively new name for this nutrient-dense fruit? Join me on my quest to learn about the history, nutrition and varieties of Kiwi, as well as how-to-grow this delicious treat. Enjoy Kiwi as a healthy snack and as a serving of fresh fruit. It has a pleasant, fruity flavor, appealing color and high Vitamin C content, adding nutrition, eye appeal and flavor to holiday fruit trays, fruit tarts and pavlova. Try Kiwi pureed in fruit dips, smoothies, and frozen sorbets, or as a natural tenderizer for meats.

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Queen's Tears: the Beginning of Beautiful Billbergia
By Sally G. Miller (sallyg)

I'd heard the exotic name "Queen's tears" years ago but never seen the plant. Now that I have one, I'm learning that it is just one of many wonderful, equally fascinating siblings in genus Billbergia.

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