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Into the Holiday Spirit

Into the Holiday Spirit

We’ve had our first real snowfall of the season and, like the song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

Amazingly, only a couple of days ago, we were still enjoying some perfect blossoms on some of our rose bushes and harvesting some chives from the vegetable garden.

We have turned over the bowls on the birdbaths so that they don’t crack when ice forms on them.

Eventually I may ask Santa for granite ones that may be kept outside year-round with no worry of cracking during the winter months... Read More...

December 08, 2016

Thursday, December 08 - Wednesday, December 14 in Milton
Wakefield Estate Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 08 in Jamaica Plain
Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape - Arnold Arboretum - Lecture

Thursday, December 08 - Sunday, December 18 in Jamaica Plain
Enter the Arnold Arboretum's Lilac Sunday T-Shirt Design Contest

Friday, December 09 - Sunday, December 11 in Sandwich
Gardens Aglow - A Treasured Holiday Tradition - Heritage Gardens

Saturday, December 10 in Stockbridge
Bark and Buds: Winter Identification of Trees and Shrubs - Berkshire Botanical Garden - Class

Sunday, December 11 in Lexington
Home for the Holidays: Tour of Seasonal Decor - Lexington Field & Garden Club

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Poinsettias Are Holiday Favorites

Poinsettias Are Holiday Favorites

The plant we know today as the poinsettia has a long and interesting history. The fact is, that the lovely plant many of us place in our homes during the holidays was once used as a fever medicine.

Native to Central America, it flourished in an area of southern Mexico known as Taxco del Alarcon. The ancient Aztecs had a name for the plant they found blooming in the tropical highlands during the short days of winter, "cuetlaxochitl."

Not merely decorative, it had practical uses as well. From its bracts they extracted a purplish dye for use in textiles and cosmetics...
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