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Winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
Brighten your winter gardens and containers with winterberry. This deciduous holly produces an abundance of red berries you and the birds will enjoy. This plant combines nicely with ornamental grasses, evergreens, and perennials to create an...
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Saving Leftover Seeds for Next Season
Take a break and prepare for next season by organizing your left over and partially filled seed packets. Saving left over seeds can save you money each year in the garden, but so many of us like to try something new or misplace our collections of old...
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Snowberry
What a great time of year to talk about an old time favorite shrub, the snowberry. You may recognize this plant by its white snowball like fruit. The snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) is experiencing a renewal in popularity due to its shade tolerance...
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Blood Lilies
Looking for something different to grow? Try a blood lily. This member of the amaryllis family produces softball size red flowers. The flowers appear in late spring or early summer and are followed by orange-scarlet berries. Blood lily (Scadoxus...
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​Keeping Your Christmas Tree Watered
Keep the Christmas tree stand filled with water and your tree will stay fresh throughout the holidays. This is easier said than done. Try assigning someone looking to get on Santa's Good List to this task. They'll need to check stands with smaller...
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Celebrate National Pear Month
Celebrate National Pear Month by adding a few of your favorite pear dishes to your family meals. Pears have been cultivated for thousands of years. They arrived in North America with the early colonists. They flourished until most of the plantings...
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Add a Small Scale Evergreen, Lemon Cypress, this Holiday Season
Add a small scale living evergreen to your holiday celebrations. The Lemon Cypress makes a great alternative to larger Christmas trees, especially when space is limited. Or use them to decorate your home, as a centerpiece for the holiday table or...
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Grow a Topiary Wreath for the Holidays
Grow your own holiday decorations using the ancient art of topiary. All you need are a couple small trailing plants, a metal frame, potting mix, and a container with drainage holes. Wreaths are a traditional favorite form and small leaved English...
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Light up the Landscape with Holiday Lights
So you decided to brighten the winter landscape with a few lights. Always use lights made for the outdoors. Test and detangle the strands before you start placing the lights. It's easier to replace a burnt out bulb on the ground than when you are on...
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Poinsettia Care
Brighten the indoors and get into the holiday spirit by adding a few poinsettias to your indoor décor. Select poinsettia plants with deep green leaves and colorful bracts, the leaf-like structures we call flowers. Always wrap the plants when...
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Legit, or Stunt?
Here's a chance for you to be the judge. The scenario: The Oxygen Network was in Houston recently auditioning for its show, Bad Girls Club. While women waited in line to be seen, another woman was in a conversation with a police officer who...
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And the Newest Kardashian is...
Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to her third child, again sired by her boyfriend Scott Disick. That happened last week, on December 14, on her firstborn son's 5th birthday. Over the weekend, the happy couple announced the baby boy's...
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Happy Holidays: All I Want for Christmas Done Right
After all the buzz about Mariah Carey's troubles with singing "All I Want for Christmas" at the Rockerfeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, here's a chance to see and hear it done right. The group is Out of the Blue - the a cappella singers...
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Fare Thee Well, Colbert! See You in May!
On Friday night, Stephen Colbert was one of two late night comics to say farewell to the shows and audiences who'd grown to love them. (The other was Craig Ferguson on CBS's Late Late Show. More on him tomorrow.) But first, Colbert wrapped...
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Cold Open, Cold Shoulder
If this weekend's cold open of Saturday Night Live is any indication, there could be some life left in the old dog afterwards. It started with a spoof of Sam Smith, the automaton with the fantastic voice, promoting his new special, A Very Somber...
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