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What Holiday Cacti do you have?

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What Holiday Cacti do you have?
My Christmas cactus is blooming right now but why do some bloom around Easter and Thanksgiving? There are three types of holiday cactus: Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus belong to the genus Schlumbergera but the Easter cactus is in the genus Rhipalidopsis. All have the same coloring and need the same care. There are two main differences between these cacti: 1. when they flowers, and 2. their leaf segments. To help figure out which cactus ...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: Christmas cactus , Thanksgiving cactus , Easter cactus , cacti , indoor plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (1595)

Mother Nature Did Most of the Work

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Mother Nature Did Most of the Work
Working at the Missouri Botanical Garden has proven to have many benefits but one of the best is being able to get out and walk this world-class garden on a regular basis.  The changing seasons brings a new perspective to the landscape and fall is assuredly one of our most beautiful in St. Louis.  While strolling near Henry Shaw’s mausoleum, I stopped to admire several very large bur oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) and the sea of unusual acorns they produce.  After collecting a fe...
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Posted in: Fall, Winter | Tags: Bur oak , hedgehog , nature crafts | Comments (0) | View Count: (1329)

Holiday Tree at Kemper Center

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Holiday Tree at Kemper Center
The Kemper Center for Home Gardening is all decked out in its finest holiday decorations! This year’s theme is a “Victorian Christmas” so you will see wonderful creations made from materials used in the 1800s such as pinecones, dried and fresh flowers, fruit, pages from ladies magazines, fabric, doilies, and candles. Since origami was a theme used throughout the year, we made origami stars and snowflakes along with felt cardinal birds for a pop of color and pinecones with cryst...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: nature crafts , victorian , gourdaments , Christmas | Comments (0) | View Count: (1199)