Pretty petunias, ancient solstice markers, cutting back perennials for more blooms

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Daily Newsletter for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven without repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

–Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94)

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The Chelsea Chop: Cutting Back Perennials for Better Blooms
The Chelsea Chop: Cutting Back Perennials for Better Blooms
What is the Chelsea Chop? A new hairdo or a fancy cut of meat? Nope, it’s just a pruning technique borrowed from the Brits. By cutting back leggy perennials by early summer, you will have more flowers on a fuller-looking plant. It’s hard to chop but it works and you’ll be happy...
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How To: Get Rid Of Deep Belly Fat

Researchers have announced a radical new technique that not only fights potentially deadly belly fat, but also leads to slimmer waists, improved organ function, and perhaps even a longer, healthier life.

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Petunias
Petunias
Pretty petunias are one of the most popular flowers because of their exceptional blooms and long flowering period. As with most annuals, they get leggy by midsummer, so you’ll want to prune the shoots back to about half their length. See how to plant and take care of your petunias to keep them ...
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Sky Map: June 2019
Sky Map: June 2019
The sky map for June 2019 depicts the eastern sky on the first night of summer (Friday, June 21)—known as the summer solstice. The Summer Triangle will shine bright along with some nearby star patterns. Take a look—and get ready for some stargazing on Friday night!
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6 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
6 Ancient Sites Aligned With the Solstice and Equinox
Across time, people have marked the changes of seasons—sometimes in dramatic ways! Here are six amazing ancient sites aligned with the solstices and equinoxes.
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Kat's Tortellini Salad
Kat's Tortellini Salad

This creative take on pasta salad is quick to prepare and great to have on hand for summer picnics and gatherings.

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