Amazing astilbe, refreshing switchel, earwigs

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Thursday, June 15, 2017


I meant to do my work to-day
But a brown bird sang in the apple-tree, 
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me
–Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)

Thursday, June 15, 2017
166th day of the year

Courteney Cox (actress) was born on this day in 1964.
Hume Cronyn (actor) died on this day in 2003.


old farmers almanac garden guide

Amazing Astilbe

Astilbe is a perennial with beautiful, showy flowers atop glossy, fern-like foliage. Here’s how to grow and care for astilbes in your garden.
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. 
Getting Rid of Earwigs

Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of earwigs, also known as pincher bugs or dermaptera, in the garden.
Solar Copper Tulip Stake

Accent garden beds and illuminate walkways with our new solar-powered garden lights. These metallic painted blooms glimmer during the day and cast an enchanting light through swirl cut-outs and a crackle glass ball at night. Turns on and off automatically. Runs up to 8 hours on a full charge.
More Cool New Clouds

Phoning in New Clouds: Part 3 – Meet the Newest Clouds
As I’ve mentioned before, twelve new cloud types were announced this past year. Some of the most interesting are what we call the “special” and accessory clouds …
Handmade Glass Sun Catchers

SAVE 25% on sun catchers when you buy 3 or more with promo code: SPARKLE
Father's Day Fun!

Father's Day on a Full Moon: Ideas to Celebrate Dad!
Looking for a fun way to spend your Father’s Day 2019? With the full Moon shining, enjoy camping, fishing, or a night under the stars! See our Father’s Day ideas.
Wooden Chickadee Thermometers

SAVE $7 (over 20% off) while supplies last! Made in the USA from a single slab of wood with a metal songbird topper. 
Refreshing Switchel!

Switchel (Haymaker's Punch) Recipe
Switchel, also known as Haymaker’s Punch, is a refreshing drink made with apple cider vinegar. It was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out in the hot, sunbaked fields—which is enough of an endorsement for me!
Rain Chains

Replace your traditional gutter downspouts with attractive rain chains. Instead of traveling inside a closed tube, rainwater follows the decorative chain to the ground. Choose from 4 styles each over 8 feet long.