Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2013
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

National Poinsettia Day

National News

Here's one more reason for celebration this month. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day! The date marks the anniversary of the death of Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He was...

African Sunset Petunia

If cold, wintry weather is getting you down, warm yourself up with thoughts of how striking this brilliantly hued petunia will look in your garden next spring. Petunia 'African Sunset', a 2014...

Look for Lofos

Its name may not roll as readily off your tongue as petunia, but Lophospermum (pronounced low-fo-SPUR-mum) is a name that gardeners looking for a dramatic, cascading vine for a hanging basket...

Protecting Bumblebees

The decline of honeybees due to colony collapse disorder has garnered a lot of attention in the last few years. But populations of native bees like bumblebees are also showing a downward trend....

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In the Garden


Colorful Holiday Cacti

You see them blooming at local garden centers and supermarkets at this time of year -- trumpets of red, white, pink, magenta, yellow, and orange. They are Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti, and their individual flowers can last for a week or more; one...
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Clever Gardening Technique

Test Soil Before Spreading Fireplace Ashes Disaster can be the outcome when too many wood ashes are sprinkled onto Rocky Mountain garden...

Favorite or New Plant

Glory of the Snow The sky blue blossoms of glory of the snow (Chionodoxa luciliae) are a cheerful sight in the...
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Regional Reminders

  • Pot Up Amaryllis
  • Keep Cyclamen Blooming
  • Spread Winter Mulch
  • Weed Around Trees
  • Protect Tender Shrubs

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