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Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA is where the world's most famous groundhog makes his annual prediction on February 2. The countdown is on -- just a week and a half until the Groundhog emerges from his burrow and gives us his story. Of course, it's not really about the "prediction," at all, but something of a psychological nature: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day.htm
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Every February 2, the head Groundhog honcho pulls Punxsutawney Phil out of this stump (representing his burrow), then reports his prediction. What's this whacky celebration all about? If you've ever given it any thought, you probably realize it isn't really about predicting the weather, it's about celebrating a momentous transition: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day_5.htm
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Groundhog Day is only about two weeks away. How did such a crazy celebration ever get started in the first place? Learn some answers here: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day_4.htm
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Whether it's red, yellow, or orange, Celosia is a great annual for color in flower beds. What really makes an annual an annual and a perennial a perennial? Find out here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/landscapingdictionary/g/annual_plants.htm
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This picture shows one of the single-flowered Kerria japonica shrubs (I grow a double type, myself). Here are some more flower pictures, grouped by color, to help you with your plans for this spring when you visit the garden center (assuming you sometimes shop with color in mind): http://landscaping.about.com/od/galleryoflandscapephotos/tp/flower-pictures.htm
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Ogon golden variegated sweet flag has striped grass-like leaves. This cultivar of a Japanese native is a marginal aquatic plant used in water gardens.
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Small-space gardeners shouldn't go crazy with all sorts of different plants. Five-Plant Gardens, which is reviewed here, helps you stay disciplined.
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Yes, bleeding hearts (http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/p/bleeding_hearts.htm) come in white, too. And if you're looking for something similar but sufficiently different to try, have a look at Dutchman's breeches: http://landscaping.about.com/od/wildflowers/p/Dutchmans-breeches.htm
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Coleus is one of our most popular plants for shade, although it can take a lot of sunshine, too with sufficient water: http://landscaping.about.com/od/plantsforshadyareas/ss/Shade-Garden-Plants-for-Zones-4-8-Handy-List-of-Shady-Characters.htm
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Search this A-Z database of scientific names of plants to find specimens you wish to research. Using the binomial system provides more clarity.
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If G+ goes the way of the dodo bird, you can keep in touch with me through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/about.landscaping/
 
"Happy New Year" to my +G friends

This year has come to an end and I hope it will take away all the pain and mistakes. Now you have a brand new beginning to look forward to. May all your expectations and goals for each day be fulfilled on the day itself and I pray that you will have many blessing in the year to come.

Best Wishes.
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This is a pretty decoration for those who lean toward natural-looking decor, even though the fruit is artificial. Here are more options: http://landscaping.about.com/od/winterlandscaping/a/xmas_decoration.htm

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Writing, research, horticulture.
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  • Freelance Writer
    Landscaping Expert, 2002 - present
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I write about all aspects of plants and landscaping.
Introduction
         
"Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life." That describes my life right now, as a garden writer. I took a long and winding route to get here, but I finally made it. Tip for those trying to navigate this route in their own lives: keep the "Do what you love" part in the back of your mind all along the way, but don't think that it will come in the blink of an eye. That part is the end, not the means. Along the way, you will, in fact, have to do some things that you do not love.
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Happy people don't need to brag. Beware those who toot their own horn too much: it's their way of hiding an inadequacy.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Master's Degree
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    BA in Classics
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