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Wednesday March 22nd 2017

How The World Awakens From Winter

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With each day comes a new sign of spring. It's such a pleasure to watch the subtle and not-so-subtle changes in animals, plants, and people. One of my favorite signs of spring is seeing robins, cardinals, and other birds scouting out the trees for the best nest locations. I think I have a couple of robins that are very interested in a maple tree growing near my home. This week, I took some time to reflect on other familiar signs of spring.

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Monday March 13th 2017

March's Birthflower: The Delightful Daffodil

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They're bright, they're cheerful, and they're back … daffodils! With the arrival of March, it's time to celebrate daffodils. I'm seeing so many daffodils popping up all around my neighborhood, and I hope you're spotting them, too. These flowers are so hardy that they've been known to come up out of the earth with snow still on the ground. This week, I'm glad to honor this delightful flower.

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Tuesday February 28th 2017

15 Ways to Get a Jump Start on Your Garden

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Have you been daydreaming of a flourishing backyard garden? Well, you may not be planting seeds yet, but there are still things you can do to prepare for the success of your spring garden. Check out our 15 simple things you can do to get ready for spring planting!

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Tuesday February 7th 2017

Flowers That Symbolize Love

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Do you order a bouquet of flowers for your loved one every Valentine's Day? If so, you're in good company. Many people go with a bouquet of red roses for their beloved at this time of year. Don't get me wrong: I happen to love red roses! But there are other flowers that do an excellent job at expressing love and admiration, too. So this week, we are going to think outside the rose box and consider some other possibilities for this year's Valentine's Day bouquet. Enjoy!

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Friday February 3rd 2017

February's Birthflower: The Vivacious Violet

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The violet is the birth flower of February. One of my favorite things to do is to admire the soft petals of a traditional blue violet. The swirling shades of blue and purple are mesmerizing. The fragrance exuded by these flowers is another side benefit of making them a part of your garden. This week, I'm thinking about the long history of this intriguing bloom. Enjoy!

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Tuesday December 27th 2016

9 New Years Resolutions Gardeners Will Want To Keep

Do you make New Year's resolutions? If you do, you may consider giving them a gardening theme this year. Making garden-themed resolutions is a great way to get excited about the spring and summer growing season. One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to donate a portion of the vegetables I grow in my garden to a local homeless shelter. Check out nine other New Year's resolutions with a gardening theme that you might want to make this year.

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Monday November 28th 2016

Endangered Flowers That Will Leave The World A Little Less Beautiful

I know you've heard of the endangered animals list, but did you know there's a list for endangered flowers, too? Flowers throughout the world become endangered for a variety of reasons. Habitat destruction such as flooding, logging, or building can put flowers at risk for extinction. Climate change that brings on flooding or extreme changes in temperature can also affect the flower population. Plus, some types of flowers become very popular with the public and are overused. These 11 flowers are among those that might not be around much longer.

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Wednesday November 16th 2016

Eat Seasonally This Thanksgiving With These Fall Superfoods

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Lots of people throw the term "superfood" around, but do you truly know what one is? A superfood is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients. The fall season gives us many superfoods that we can incorporate into our Thanksgiving celebrations. I took some time this week to highlight 12 fall superfoods that you may want to put on your Thanksgiving menu this year. Enjoy!

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Thursday November 3rd 2016

November's Birthflower: The Cheerful Chrysanthemum

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I know for sure that the month of November is under way when I see pots of cheerful chrysanthemums popping up on porches, front stoops, and elsewhere in my neighborhood. The November birth flower is the perfect combination of hardiness and beauty. Look at some of the interesting facts I found on this charming bloom!

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Tuesday October 25th 2016

The Medicinal Properties of Flowers

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Do you sip lavender tea every night before going to bed? Perhaps the fragrance of the lavender makes you feel sleepy. Well, when you sip lavender tea, you are benefiting from the medicinal properties of this fragrant plant. Lavender has the power to soothe anxious nerves and give you a sense of calm. I bet that's why I enjoy lavender salad so much! It's just one of many medicinal plants that we have available to us today. Discover more about the history of medicinal flowers to learn some other floral remedies that you might want to try.

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