3-season flowers, fishing, microclimates

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, May 5, 2017


The glittering leaves of the rhododendrons
Balance and vibrate in the cool air;
While in the sky above them
White clouds chase each other.
–John Gould Fletcher  (1886–1950)


old farmers almanac garden guide

Create a 3-Season Flower Garden

Flower Garden Designs: Three-Season Flower Bed
Imagine a gorgeous flower garden drenched with color from early spring to the first frost of autumn.
Vegetable Kingdom Kitchen Canister Set

SAVE $5 Practical has never looked so pretty. Fill our graduated canisters with flour, sugar, tea, cookies, doggie treats, or whatever you like to keep handy. Then put them on display on a countertop or open shelf. They are made of powder-coated carbon steel and have snug-fitting lids and chrome-plated handles.
Growing Rhododendron

Rhododendrons and Azaleas
Rhododendrons and azaleas, both from the genus Rhododendron, have long been mainstays of late spring because of their spectacular clusters of showy blooms—plus, large green leaves that often stay green through winter.
Cricket Garden Sculpture

Over a foot long and made of cast iron!
What is a Microclimate?

Working With Microclimates in the Garden
In your garden, you may have a microclimate—a small area that has a different climate than your broader growing zone. How do you work with a microclimate?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Notebook

A gardener’s most useful tool is knowledge from past seasons. Don’t rely on sticky notes or memory! You’ll love our beautiful Gardening Notebook with its waterproof cover—easy to bring to the garden. Keep records so you know when pests arrive and when to put preventative controls in place to avoid damage. Also, track what blossoms when, first and last frost dates, what was planted where, what worked, favorite varieties, what you want to move, and other notes. 
When is the Sun Strongest?

A Better Way to Visualize the Seasons
We’ve grown up with four seasons. But they don’t always match what we experience. What about dividing our season by the strength of the Sun?
Vintage Cast Iron Bird

Made using traditional sand-casting techniques! Display inside or outside.  
Best Days to Fish

Fishing Calendar for 2020
When is the best time to go fishing? See the best fishing dates and times from The 2020 Old Farmer’s Almanac’s fishing calendar. And enjoy some great fishing tips from Almanac anglers!
Bees Please Water Pitcher

Use this small pitcher as a decoration or to hold to dried flowers.