bringing color to winter

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, December 9, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

Determined to brighten the darkest month of the year, we make the season bright with evergreens, the Yule log, and colorful plants.

In this issue, we focus on those Christmas plants—whether you need plant care tips or a gift idea for a neighbor. (Give a living gift!)

Also, Robin Sweetser—our garden writer—shares great tips on bringing color and texture to the outdoor winter landscape!

With all good wishes,

Your Almanac Editors

The holly's up, the house is all bright.
The tree is ready, the candles alight
–Carl August Peter Cornelius (1824–74)



Are Poinsettias Poisonous?

History of the Poinsettia
Where does the poinsettia come from? Where was this traditional Christmas plant discovered? Are poinsettias poisonous? Learn more!
Lemon Basil Handcare Caddy

A silver-toned caddy holding our popular foaming hand soap and rich hand lotion together in one place, whether in the bath or the kitchen. Very elegant, very convenient. 
Keep Christmas Plants Alive!

Holiday Plant Care: Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis
How do you keep your holiday plants alive in the new year? Three longtime favorites—the poinsettia, Christmas cactus, and amaryllis—require similar care and can be coaxed into blooming for future holiday seasons. Here’s how.
Alpaca Fleece Socks

The cure for cold feet! Alpaca socks are soft, luxurious, and warmer than sheep’s wool. Choose from active outdoor and extreme cold styles.
Perfect Holiday Gift Plant

Amaryllis: How to Grow Amaryllis Bulbs
Amaryllises are beautiful Christmas bulbs that are easy to care for. Find out how to buy the best amaryllis bulbs, how to plant the them, how to care for amaryllis, and how to make sure they bloom again next winter!
2017 Almanac Gardening Page-a-Day Calendar

This informative page-a-day calendar is filled with Almanac wit, wisdom, adages, and observations for gardeners and backyard naturalists.
Winter-Blooming Houseplants

Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant
Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are attractive, easy-care houseplants that will bloom continuously throughout the winter months. They are a unique alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia.
Cozy Heating Pads | On Sale

Animal-shaped microwave heating pads that double as a gentle ice packs. Provide natural hot and cold comfort! Microwave for moist heat therapy to relax stiff muscles and improve circulation and flexibility. 
Winter Landscaping Tips

Winter Landscaping
You might not think about landscaping in winter, but your yard can be just as beautiful in the winter as in the spring.
The 2020 Old Farmer's Almanac Moon Calendar

Loaded with dramtic images, lunar lore, and more! Makes a great stocking stuffer!