Honoring Mom, irises, veggies in pots

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, May 12, 2017

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The greatest love is a mother's;
then comes a dog's;
then comes a sweetheart's
.
–Polish proverb 

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Mother's Day 2021
Mother's Day 2021

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Again this year, many of us are rethinking how to give extra recognition to moms, especially if we’re apart. Check out 10 fun ideas for spending time with Mom—from a virtual dinner date to a long-distance movie night to a Zoom talent show!
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The Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids

Buy the Almanac for Kids, Volume 7, and GET VOLUMES 6 AND 5 FOR FREE! 

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The History of Mother's Day in the United States
The History of Mother's Day in the United States

The real history of Mother’s Day in the United States might surprise you. Three women—who championed efforts toward better health, welfare, peace, and love—contributed to the day we all celebrate on the second Sunday in May each year. Read more.
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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. 

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Irises
Irises

The tall, beautiful iris, named after the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, comes in many magical colors. Despite its divine origins, this June bloomer is rugged, reliable, and easy to grow. Learn all about planting, growing, and caring for iris flowers. 
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Vegetable Kingdom Chip and Dip Serving Tray

Our colorful tray is a dazzling way to present not only chips and dip, but also crackers and cheese spread, vegetables and hummus, or fruit and chocolate sauce. This tray looks substantial, but is dishwasher-safe melamine for easy care. 

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Container Gardening with Vegetables
Container Gardening with Vegetables

Container gardening is an easy way to grow vegetables, especially when you lack yard space! If you have a small garden or simply a patio, balcony, or rooftop, explore the magical world of gardening in pots!
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Solar-Powered Decorative Lighting

MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA! By day, these are an artful addition to the garden. By night, they impress with a stunning display of color and light. Check out our large selection.

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Lavender Lemon Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Lavender Lemon Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Try cooking with herbs! This lavender lemon chocolate chip pancake recipe was a huge hit with my family, and is great for Mother’s Day—or, any weekend breakfast!
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Rabbit Planter

Add charm with this classically posed Rabbit Planter. Cast using a magnesium oxide formula that makes this planter durable and lightweight. The detailed features and hand-painted stone-color finish make this piece a wonderful addition to patios or indoor decor.

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