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Daily Newsletter for Monday, August 20, 2018
Bright, bright, restless bright, through the sun-
Wavers the butterfly ;
Ever across its path a pilot invisible leads
A sylphid fleet of the thistle's light and feathery
And August passeth by.
–Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
Joan Allen (actress) was born on this day in 1956. Jerry Lewis (comedian) died on this day in 2017.
Plant Once, Grow Forever
Discover 20 Self-Sowing Flowers!
Many flowers reseed themselves! Here’s a list of over 20 annual and perennial flowers that you can plant once and enjoy for years. And if you are busy deadheading your flowers—stop! Take a look at the seed heads you are cutting off.
These 8 “infinity” stones, thoughtfully balanced, symbolize safety and hope for a traveler moving along life’s path. As a gift for a friend or in your own garden they show friendship and welcome all who pass by.
Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes are grown more often in southern regions because they require at least four months of warm temperatures, though there are varieties that will grow in northern gardens, too. They are surprisingly easy to grow and just a few plants can produce a generous harvest. Here’s how to plant, grow, and harvest delicious sweet potatoes in your garden.
Best Vegetables to Plant in Fall
The days are getting shorter and fall is on the way. Are you planning to continue the harvest with a fall planting? There are so many interesting vegetables that thrive when the weather cools!
History of American Cosmetics
The history of cosmetics is a fascinating one, as standards of beauty have changed significantly over the last few centuries. In fact, it was not unusual for upper-class gentlemen to wear makeup or wigs.