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CHRISTMAS CACTUS

Posted at 7:49am on December 08, 2017 in FLORAL

A Christmas Cactus is a beautiful addition to any room.  When my husbands grandmother passed we took one of her plants.  It has been in our home now for 17 years.  It blooms twice a year and always gets compliments. It is truely one of the easiest plants I have ever had.  In researching this plant for you, I came across the Garden Lovers Club website and found this informative blog.  I have copied it, but please checkout their site for more information.A Christmas Cactus is a tropical plant that does not naturally exist in nature. It was bred from two unique parent plants that both grow in the South American rainforests, specifically in Brazil.The plant is recognizable by its segmented stem and the brightly colored blooms that appear at the ends of them. Blooms are typically red, pink, purple, yellow, or white, and the blooms can occur at different times throughout the year. Most notably, they can appear near Christmas, which is where the name is derived.Since this plant is one of...



Winter is for the Birds

Posted at 10:57am on December 05, 2017 in BIRDING

Winter bird watching is a great way to bring life and color to your dormant garden. I love waking up in the morning with a cup of coffee, some music, and a great view of red cardinals against the white snow. Attracting birds is an easy and fun way to liven up the garden, but where to start for the beginner?The type of food you provide will determine what species are more likely to show up. Selecting the proper seed will make a world of difference. Especially if there are specific animals you are hoping to discourage like squirrels. Listed below are some of the most common bird feed options. Most of these come in mixes or are sold individually. Sunflower is by far the most common seed type as it is relatively inexpensive, and attracts a wide variety of birds. Sunflower comes in three varieties, oiled, striped, and hearts.Oiled SunflowerThin shell makes it easy to crack for a wide variety of birds.  High fat content is excellent for winter attraction. Oil coating prevents ...



Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

Posted at 8:41am on November 03, 2017 in GARDEN CENTER

Planting bulbs takes some forethought. For a spontaneous person like myself, it often comes down to the out of sight, out of mind philosophy. This leaves me in spring, peering enviously at my neighbors tulips, or buying a dish garden to give me the scent of hyacinths. Contrary to my lack of foresight, this fall I am working on my bulb garden. There are hundreds of varieties of spring flowers for our area. Tulips, hyacinths, iris, allium, daffodils, and crocus make for a beautiful spring garden that, once planted take little care.Each variety of bulb will want to be planted at different depths. Check the label of the package for specific depth to each variety. The common rule of thumb is that small bulbs are planted at shallow depths, while large bulbs are planted deeper (things like allium, tulips etc...). Most trowels and bulb planters have measurements premarked which are a handy check for your digging. Bulb planters and augers (which attach to a standard power drill) make planting l...



What makes our specialty oil so special?

Posted at 8:10am on November 03, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

What makes our "specialty" oil so special?  It is true, they stand apart from the rest of our infused and U.P. oils as special. Why? First, they aren't olive oil. Three oils in our arsenal are not made from olives, but from nuts. Almond, walnut, and sesame oil are each totally unique. Let's take a look at the details of each variety.Almond oil, like most nut oils is high in healthy monounsaturated fats. These beneficial fats are crucial for cardiovascular and brain health. Almond oil is also very high in vitamin E. Vitamin E aids in overall cell repair and healing. This is one reason almond oil is commonly used in cosmetics and for skin care. Vitamin E is also excellent for nail and hair growth, vision/eye health, and balancing hormones. Vitamin E is an essential for overall immune health as well. Not only is almond oil packed with healing power, it is also delicious. Perfectly nutty, subtle and slightly sweet, almond oil is ideal for any baking of any kind. It also makes for an exce...



Extra-virgin Olive Oil and Alzheimer's

Posted at 9:22am on August 29, 2017 in TWISTED TRUNK OLIVE OIL

It has been known for some time that olive oil is one of the most beneficial oils on the market. It's antioxidant content sets it apart entirely from other plant-based oils. The medical community has been long studying its effects on the cardiovascular system. They have found the fatty acid content of olive oil protects blood vessels and platelets and reduces LDL cholesterol. Further research has shown that olive oil has anti-inflammatory properties, benefits the immune system, eyes, skin and nails, and helps our body more effectively absorb vitamins. Now, another healthful benefit to add to the repertoire: olive oil preserves memory and can help prevent Alzheimer's disease! Researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) have made an important discovery. Published June 21st 2017 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology journal, the study identified two main effects that a diet in olive oil has on the brain. First, they found olive oil protect...