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Paperwhites for the California Holidays
Paperwhites for the California Holidays
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. In comparison to the vibrant color of many indoor holiday plants, the white or white-yellow blooms of Paperwhites (Narcissus species) might seem plain, but when planted closely in pots to provide massed bloom, they provide a stunning […]
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Indoor and Potted Plants for the Holiday Season
Indoor and Potted Plants for the Holiday Season
GardenZeus receives commissions for purchases made through links in this post. There is no additional cost to you. There’s nothing quite like live plants to bring up the holiday spirit and please a gardener’s heart. Some potted holiday plants and trees can survive indoors or when planted outdoors for months to years or even decades […]
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Growing Fall Decorations: Pumpkin On a Stick Ornamental Eggplant
Growing Fall Decorations: Pumpkin On a Stick Ornamental Eggplant
GardenZeus earns commissions on sales made through links in this article. There is no additional cost to you. It is not yet summer, but gardeners who want to grow their own fall decorations should plan now. Pumpkin on a Stick Ornamental Eggplant is an heirloom plant with flat, ribbed orange to red fruits that look […]
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Growing Fall Decorations: Ornamental Corn
Growing Fall Decorations: Ornamental Corn
GardenZeus earns commissions on sales made through links in this article. There is no additional cost to you. Ornamental corn varieties are grown by home gardeners for their sheer beauty, novelty, and for autumn decoration and crafts. Most are unpalatable for fresh eating, although dedicated or curious kitchen gardeners may grow them to produce cornmeal. […]
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Growing Easter Lilies After Easter
Growing Easter Lilies After Easter
The trumpet-shaped white flowers of Easter Lilies, Lilium longiflorum, announce the arrival of spring as they arrive in mass in grocery stores, garden centers and flower shops. Once purchased, growing Easter Lilies is easy: remove the foil wrapping, place in bright, indirect light away from heat ducts, and keep the soil moist but not wet. […]
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Super-Secret Trick to Evade a Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 3
Super-Secret Trick to Evade a Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 3
Mistletoe conjures thoughts of Christmas and Christmas traditions, ancient folklore and legends, Druidic and pagan traditions, and romance. With focus year after year on mistletoe as an old holiday tradition and symbol, it may be surprising to learn that mistletoe occurs commonly in California. Broadleaf mistletoe (Phoradendron leucarpum ssp. macrophyllum or Phoradendron macrophyllum) is the […]
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A Holiday Kiss Under the…Tree-Killing Parasite?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 2 of 3
A Holiday Kiss Under the…Tree-Killing Parasite?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 2 of 3
You may know mistletoe as a holiday decoration or a romantic accomplice; but what you don’t know about mistletoe might result in the decline or even death of your landscape trees. Mistletoe has been a traditional and popular symbol of Christmas for centuries, but its use as a holiday symbol long predates Christianity. Exact origins […]
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A Holiday Kiss Under the…Holly?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 1 of 3
A Holiday Kiss Under the…Holly?: Mistletoe for The California Holidays, Part 1 of 3
A holiday kiss under the mistletoe may be just the thing if you’re hoping for luck in love, a peaceful new year, or merely a second date, at least if you’re willing to rely on age-old folklore and legends. But be careful! If you want that kiss to be effective, make it happen under mistletoe, […]
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Glorious Chrysanthemums: Caring for Potted Florist Mums
Glorious Chrysanthemums: Caring for Potted Florist Mums
Florist chrysanthemums in gloriously beautiful and varied colors and flower forms often appear en masse for sale in autumn, and for holiday decoration such as for Easter and Thanksgiving. Mums are commonly sold as houseplants and as gift flowers year-round everywhere from garden centers and grocery markets to farmers markets and roadside stands in mild-climate […]
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