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Newsletter Archive: Hellebores

By Gail Roos: UGA Master Gardener Extension Volunteer-Cherokee County Originally published in Cherokee County Master Gardener Newsletter Volume 12: issue 1 December 2014 Here’s why I love hellebores: they’re evergreen, tough, long-lived, shade-loving, deer and rabbit resistant, and quietly beautiful year-round. Add to that – they start flowering in the…
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The ABCs of Seed Catalogs

The short, cold days of winter leave much to be desired for gardeners but a successful summer garden begins with the arrival of winter seed catalogs.  Today’s seed catalogs offer more than just seeds.  From stories and recipes to exquisite photos; seed catalogs offer growing advice, new and old plant…
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Poinsettia: Background on a Christmas Tradition

By Joan McFather Cherokee County Master Gardener   I remember the first time I saw poinsettias growing in their native Mexico—good grief!  They’re TREES!  Yes, yes, I know—you’re headed back to the big box store to pick up at least one of those beautiful potted plants, and someone is bound…
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Confusion about the Christmas Cactus-They aren’t from the desert

By Marc Teffeau Cherokee County Master Gardener   While Poinsettias are still the number one Christmas holiday gift plant Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera bridgesii) are also very popular.  Christmas Cacti have been kept as a holiday plant since the 1800’s. The original Christmas cactus was developed by French botanist Charles Lemaire…
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