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David Beaulieu
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I write about all aspects of plants and landscaping.
I write about all aspects of plants and landscaping.

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Photo of Aeonium undulatum from the Cactus House at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Here are some more pictures of cacti and succulents: http://landscaping.about.com/od/Cacti-and-Succulents/ss/pictures-of-cacti-and-succulents.htm
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Grecian windflower is known botanically as Anemone blanda. Another plant that is sometimes referred to as an "anemone" is Hepatica americana: http://landscaping.about.com/od/wildflowers/fl/Hepatica-American-Anemone-for-Native-Plant-Gardens.htm
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The botanical (scientific) names for plants aren't always sexy. For example, you may like the sound of "bluebeard" a lot better than "Caryopteris" for the plant pictured. But the botanical names (usually) allow us all to be on the same page when discussing plants. Get some ideas for your spring plantings by browsing my database of botanical names (with links to information about the plants in question): http://landscaping.about.com/od/helpforbeginners/ss/Scientific-Names-of-Plants-Listed-Alphabetically.htm
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In the movie "Groundhog Day," the great forecast on February 2 takes place in a town center (the film was shot in Woodstock, Illinois). But the real one, in Punxsutawney, PA, takes place up on a hill outside of the center of town. The prediction is made on this stage at a location known as "Gobbler's Knob." Learn all about the history behind the celebration and its meaning, as well as to stop the minions of the protagonist from eating up your garden: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day.htm
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Famous vintage drawing portraying Punxsutawney Phil, AKA "the Groundhog." The history behind Groundhog Day is fascinating: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day_4.htm
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Hey, let's get this winter thing over with, so we can start gardening again! February 2 marks the halfway point through winter. I'm a glass-is-half-full type of guy, so I'll take it: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day.htm

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Have you always been puzzled as to why folks bother celebrating Groundhog Day? Do you wonder what kind of creature a woodchuck is? And how can you stop one from decimating your garden? Read this article: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day_2.htm
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The giant Punxsutawney Phil billboard (which stands outside Joe's Drive-In) made famous from a scene in "Groundhog Day" (when Bill Murray crashes into it with his car) actually was once involved in a crash. A vehicle that had lost its brakes
and that was headed for the drive-in was stopped by a steel girder supporting the billboard, possibly saving the lives of 20 customers. Here's more history surrounding Groundhog Day: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day_4.htm
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Gate around the grounds of Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, PA. On a cloudy day, Phil won't see his shadow: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/pestcontrol/a/groundhog_day.htm
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