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Anthurium Houseplants

Anthurium, aka flamingo flower, makes a wonderful flowering houseplant that blooms continuously. Flowers come in red, pink, orange, white, and lavender. We have a pink one that’s been flowering non-stop for more than two years.

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Leeks in Winter

Leeks, kale, and Brussels sprouts are still growing in our garden despite several days of freezing temps in the mid-twenties F. Still have a couple cabbages too.

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Blueberry Dreams

Looking forward to our blueberries on a very cold winter morning. We have 12 blueberry bushes on our little urban farmette and, in summer, we harvest enough to freeze. Delicious with our homemade yogurt!

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Figs and Figsickles

Freeze fresh figs as soon as they’re ripe to make figsickles to enjoy any time of year. We’ll have figsickles today, New Year’s Day 2016, as part of our feasting celebration.

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Cabbage and New Year’s

We’re planning to grow more cabbage this year so we can make sauerkraut. It’s New Year’s Eve and the celebratory feast of the new year required sauerkraut and pork in my family of origin. Can’t start the new year without it!

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Poinsettias

After the winter holidays you can keep your poinsettia as a houseplant all year long. Bring it into bloom again next winter by giving it 14 hours of total darkness every night for ten weeks in autumn.

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Barrel Cactus

Many cacti and succulents make great houseplants with attractive sculptural form. Most want full sun and a fast draining potting medium. This little barrel cactus grows slowly and is very low maintenance.

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Iron Cross Begonia

Begonias make interesting houseplants for their foliage alone, though some also have very beautiful flowers. This one is the iron cross begonia, grown for its attractive leaves.

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An Orchid Bouquet

A merry Christmas bouquet of beautiful orchids. Many orchids are easy houseplants. Most are very tough though they have an undeserved reputation for being finicky.

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Christmas Cactus 2015

Christmas cactus, Schlumbergera, is an easy houseplant that flowers profusely during the winter holidays. Growers bring them into flower by giving them 14 hour nights for a couple of weeks.

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