Caring for Poinsettias – #3 Creature Comfort

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Once you’ve mastered Thing 1 and Thing 2 in caring for your poinsettia, Thing 3 is pretty simple.  The key is to once again remember that poinsettias come from the tropics. Poinsettias like to be kept comfortably warm – not too hot and not too cold – kind of like Goldilocks’ porridge — maintain your… Read more »

Caring for Poinsettias – #2 Hold the Water!

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Once your poinsettia is home and unpacked, the next big thing is to not over-water it. Over-watering is a very clear and present danger to poinsettias at this time. Being from the tropics where the soil base is very thin, they are actually a plant that is used to being kept on the drier side…. Read more »

Caring for Poinsettias – #1 Keep It Warm!

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Few things ring in Christmas like a beautiful poinsettia!  But how to keep it that way?  This is the first in a 3 part miniseries on keeping your poinsettia looking great. Actually, the key to keeping poinsettias looking beautiful is to understand their tropical heritage.  Poinsettias originate from the tropics and they thrive in temperatures… Read more »

3 Main Reasons Why Perennials Die Over the Winter

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It’s frustrating. Perennials die over the winter and they’re really not supposed to, right? Perennials are a group of flowers that typically come back year after year. Perennials have a large range of life expectancies – not all perennials live forever. Some are very short lived, more properly call biennials, others are short lived, around… Read more »

“In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow” – Who is this Poppy?

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IN FLANDERS FIELDS POEM The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago,… Read more »