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A Horticulturist in Winter

I can now say that I have been in public horticulture professionally for two decades now.  In that time I've been asked dozens of times "What ever do you do in the winter?".

The most recent question came during the Festival of Trees, accompanied by "Do you take a two month holiday?".

I wish! I've been wanting to write a rant an essay on this for years!

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Once in a Blue Moon

You're in for a spook-tacular sight this Halloween if the skies are clear! On Halloween night, just after 6 pm, the SECOND full moon of the month will emerge from the horizon. Aside from having a full moon on the spookiest night of the year, there are even more factors that make this moon special.

The full moon on Halloween is considered a blue moon. The most widely used de...

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Bees Prepare for Winter

As the autumn colors begin to emerge and the temperatures start to drop, many animals begin their preparations for the winter ahead. Each type of animal has its own strategy for surviving the cold winter months-bears hibernate, some birds fly south, and squirrels and chipmunks begin storing nuts and seeds for the long days ahead. Insects are no different; many hibernate in various developmental stages, but few are active all winter long.

That's where honey bees are different. Note that...

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