Coneflowers, moles, Earth at aphelion, picnic food

This is an archived issue of our Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Friday, July 6, 2018

clear skies

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
187th day of the year

Jennifer Saunders (actress) was born on this day in 1958.
Kasey Rogers (actress) died on this day in 2006.

Gardening Notebook > Learn More
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?
The Earth is closest to the Sun—or, at the perihelion—about 2 weeks after the December Solstice when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Conversely, we’re farthest from the Sun—at its aphelion—about 2 weeks after the June Solstice when the Northern Hemisphere is enjoying warm summer months. What are perihelion and aphelion?  Find out—and understand how our planet Earth orbits its star!
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

Summer Picnic Food Ideas & Recipes
Pack a picnic! These 10 picnic recipes will keep well and are easy to transport. From sesame chicken wings to potato salad to strawberry hand pies, bring this delicious food 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.