Archive for December 2016

I Was Named for an Ambassador

The Aztecs were making medicines and dyes from the species of Euphorbia now known as the Poinsettia centuries before Joel Robert Poinsett set foot in Mexico, but the interest he took in this tropical plant made it the holiday favorite it is today. Poinsett, the United States’ first ambassador to Mexico, brought the first of…

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A Little Care Goes a Long Way

What’s in the Garden: Now that you’ve selected your Poinsettias and a cut (or perhaps a live) Christmas tree, you’ll want to keep them looking great as long as possible. Here are a few tips from our experts. Poinsettias Caring for Poinsettias is fairly straightforward. These plants should not be overwatered, and should not be…

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I Am a Symbol of True Love

Holiday Plant of the Week: Cyclamen On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…a Cyclamen? If you subscribe to folklore, a Cyclamen would make a perfect gift for someone you love, as this plant is considered a symbol of love and tenderness. We agree that Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum) make excellent holiday…

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