Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2010
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Poinsettias for Polar Bears

National News

Want to decorate for the holidays and support endangered polar bears at the same time? Look for the 'Eckespoint® Polar Bear' poinsettia. This stunning new white poinsettia, bred by Ecke Ranch,...

Up with Foxgloves

Foxgloves are quintessential cottage garden plants, their tall spires of softly-hued flowers adding a vertical accent to the billowing silhouettes of so many other bloomers in early summer. But on...

Hooray for Holly

It is a Christmas tradition to "deck the halls with boughs of holly," although the custom of using holly as a decoration for winter time festivals and celebrations goes back to the Druids of...

Social Sagebrush and other Curiosities

Most of us don't think of our plants as having a social life. But some new research shows that, while your beans and begonias may not updating their Facebook pages, some plants are aware of who's...

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In the Garden


Avoid Chilling Gift Plants During Travel

I like to receive plants as gifts as do many others. At this time of year, I'm amazed to see so many shoppers carrying living plants from the store to their cars without any protection. If your groceries are sacked, doesn't it make sense to bag your...
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Favorite or New Plant

Gayfeather Also known as blazing star, Liatris spicata is truly spectacular, with long, plump spikes of...

Clever Gardening Technique

Invest in Good Pruning Tools When buying pruners, look for models that can be easily disassembled when they need adjusting and...
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Regional Reminders

  • Choose Poinsettias Carefully
  • Decorate with Evergreen Cuttings
  • Cut Berry Canes to the Ground
  • Check Protective Mulches
  • Inspect Stored Bulbs

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