Archive for Seasonal Delectables

Fresh Cut Fresh For The Holidays

Using living greens indoors during winter is an ancient tradition, shared among many cultures.  The tradition of placing living evergreen trees inside homes, as a symbol of their Christian faith, originated in Germany in the 16th century.  When German immigrants came to the New World, they brought the tradition with them.  The first Christmas trees […]

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Let Brazilian Rainforest Flower Fairies Brighten Up Your Holidays

The much-loved Christmas cactus is a member of the small genus Schlumbergera, which contains only six species.  Native to the rainforests of southeastern Brazil, Christmas cactus does not tolerate temperatures below 50°F.  While Christmas cactus is generally considered a very low maintenance plant, getting it to bloom does require some attention.  The bloom season starts […]

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New Reasons to Be Thankful for Thanksgiving Leftovers

So the last stragglers have finally pushed themselves away from the Thanksgiving table.  As you survey the remains of the meal on the table and in the kitchen, you think the same thing you do every year – wow, there’s a lot of food left.  And, almost immediately after that thought – wow, how am […]

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Brighten Up The Cold Days Ahead With Pansies, Flowering Kale, and Snapdragons

Chrysanthemums aren’t the only richly colored flowers perking up the cooler days ahead.  Pansies, ornamental (aka flowering) cabbage and kale, and snapdragons are perfectly suited for our fall and winter climates.  They’re all easy to grow, and you can plant them as annuals in containers, or plant them in beds.  The ornamental cabbage and kale […]

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Mum’s The Word For Fall Flowers

You’ll soon be waking up to brisk fall mornings, and contemplating how you’re going to decorate for fall.  And that usually means a trip to the nursery for some gorgeously plump and colorful potted chrysanthemums (aka mums).  Chrysanthemums are some of the most rewarding fall bloomers in the garden as well. Chrysanthemums, which are native […]

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Let The Fragrance Of Spices Welcome The Holidays Into Your Home

There are so many ways to introduce enticing fragrances into your home, and not just during the holidays.  The methods range from very simple and short-lived to somewhat time-consuming and enduring.  It all depends on how much time and raw materials you have available. Collecting the raw materials for your fragrance source will depend on […]

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Poinsettias For The Holidays Or Forever (If You Enjoy A Challenge)

Poinsettias are among the most stunning features of a Christmas display.  Their large, vibrantly colored flowers draw the eye directly, and quite often are very capable of occupying large spaces.  In fact, sometimes they’re simply too large for the spots we’ve planned for them.  While you’ll have to work out how best to accommodate your […]

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Keeping Your Fresh Cut Christmas Tree Fresh As A Daisy

Ok, maybe not as fresh as a daisy, considering how long we expect our fresh cut trees to last indoors.  There’s no magic potion here – once the tree is cut, it begins the process of dying, just as a cut flower, say a daisy does.  How long it takes depends on how well we […]

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Spice Up Thanksgiving With The Flavors Of India

Let’s shake up the Thanksgiving dinner lineup this year with exotic flavors from the other side.  The other side of the world.  There are a few things we need to cover before taking the road less traveled over the meadows and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. First rule:  Don’t be intimidated by the unusual […]

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Amaryllis – A Colorful Bit Of The Tropics Just In Time For The Holidays

There’s no denying that a pot or several of blooming amaryllis (actually hippeastrum – don’t ask, it’s very complicated) is a beautiful sight on a dreary winter day.  But the failure of bulbs to bloom the first or subsequent winters is equally disappointing.  We wonder what went wrong, despite our having followed the given instructions […]

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