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Daily Newsletter for Monday, June 19, 2017
There is a bird in the poplars—
It is the sun!
The leaves are little yellow fish
Swimming in the river.
The bird skims above them—
Day is on his wings.
It is he that is making
The great gleam among the poplars.
Summer Solstice 2020: The First Day of Summer
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Ants on Peony Flowers: An Enduring Myth
Why are there ants on my peonies? Will ants harm my peonies? Every year, peony season brings these questions. Plus, we hear that enduring (but delightful) myth that ants need to “tickle the buds” to help peonies open. Peonies and ants do have a relationship but it’s not quite what you may think.
How to Make Jam: Refrigerator Jam or Water-Bath Canning Learn how to make jam—capturing the taste of fruit at the peak of season! In our Beginner’s Guide to Making Jam, we’ll show you how to make both quick refrigerator jam as well as try out boiling water-bath canning to store jars for up to 18 months. Plus, find 10...