bringing color to winter

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com 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)

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The Legend of the Poinsettia as a Christmas Plant
The Legend of the Poinsettia as a Christmas Plant
The poinsettia is America’s most popular flowering holiday plant! Native to Mexico, the plant is called Flor de la Noche Buena (Flower of the Holy Night), due to its resemblance to the Star of Bethlehem. But how did this tropical plant become the quintessential Christmas flower across...
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Christmas Plants: Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis
Christmas Plants: Poinsettia, Christmas Cactus, and Amaryllis
Popular Christmas plants—such as poinsettia, Christmas cactus, and amaryllis—add festive cheer to any home. Let’s talk about how to care for these festive flowers to keep them blooming over the holiday season and well into the new year!
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Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant
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.
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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.

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Winter Landscaping
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.
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