Coneflowers, moles, Earth at aphelion, picnic food

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Daily Newsletter for Friday, July 6, 2018

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Dog Days bright and clear, indicate a happy year;
But when accompanied by rain, for better times our hopes are in vain

Friday, July 6, 2018
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Keeping Coneflowers

Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden! Here’s how to grow this American native—and important tips on plant care, from deadheading to cutting back in June.
Butterfly Garden Sculpture

Wonderfully detailed, rustproof butterfly in a dark bronzelike finish that will enhance your garden’s beauty.

Getting Rid of Moles

Here are tips on how to identify and get rid of moles in the garden or yard.
Multicolored Wine Bottle Lights

Turn any wine bottle into a snazzy decoration or a keepsake from a meaningful celebration!

Earth at Aphelion

What Are Perihelion and Aphelion?
Earth reaches at its closest approach to the Sun near midnight on January 4–5, 2020. We call this point in Earth’s orbit around the Sun “perihelion.” Interestingly, we’re closest to our fiery star in the winter and farthest away in the hot summer. Learn more.
Cricket Garden Sculpture

Over a foot long and made of cast iron!

Skillet Chicken With Tomatoes

Skillet Chicken With Fresh Tomatoes

This simple Skillet Chicken With Fresh Tomatoes dish comes together quickly for an easy dinner.

Scented Room Sprays

Change the ambiance of a room in an instant with our lusciously fragrant room sprays!

Portable, Picnic Food

Picnic Recipes for Sunny Days!
Pack a picnic! From potato salads to chicken salads to old-fashioned strawberry lemonade, here’s delicious food to bring to your outdoor patio or a picnic in the park—or, pack in a cooler for a long drive!
Wine Bottle Lights

Create ambient lighting from an empty wine bottle! Choose a bottle from a special celebration or because of its interesting shape and color.