20
Jun

Various record breakers and such…

The largest rose in the world resides in Tombstone, Arizona. The rose was planted in 1855 at the Rose Tree Inn. It now covers over 8,000 square feet on a very large trellis. It blooms in April. If you are ever in Tombstone, Arizona this is a must see! The most expensive flowers: – a hyacinth bulb from a variety

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20
Jun

Ants and Woodpeckers

Ants and Woodpeckers Ants are a delicacy for woodpeckers! While watching a woodpecker sometime, watch and see if it picks up ants with it’s beak! They’ll do this and then crush the ants on their feathers. The purpose for this strange behavior is to protect themselves from parasites! During the crushing process, tannic acid is released and kills any parasites.

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20
Jun

Don’t Forget to Stop and Smell the Flowers!

Roses – All roses have the symbolic meaning of “I love you”, but the different colors also have a meaning all of their own. For example, yellow roses mean “joy”; red roses mean “passion”, burgundy roses mean “unconscious beauty”; orange/coral roses mean “desire”; pink roses mean “grace and gentility”; red and white roses together mean “unity”; white roses mean “worthiness”.Daisies

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20
Jun

What temperature is it?

What temperature is it? What temperature is it? You can tell the temperature outside by listening to a cricket! Count the number of chirps in 15 seconds, then add 37. The sum will be the approximation of temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. The male cricket does most of the singing by rubbing his wings together, usually to attract a female, but

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17
Jun

Pinching Plants

Pinching Plants Pinch back: Mom always said that if your sister pinches you, you should not pinch her back, but many gardeners know that pinching back some plants helps direct their growth. “The most common reason for pinching back a plant is to make it bushier,” states Wallace Pill, Ph.D., professor of horticulture at the University of Delaware. “When you

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17
Jun

Bank Robber Dressed As A Tree Caught In N.H.

Bank Robber Dressed As A Tree Caught In N.H. Bank Robber Dressed As A Tree Caught In N.H. – MANCHESTER, NH Police say they’ve caught the man who dressed up as a tree and robbed a bank in Manchester, New Hampshire.  A man duct-taped tree branches to his head and body and walked into the Citizens Bank on Elm Street just as

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16
Jun

3 types of Wild flowers

Three types of Wildflowers To understand how wildflowers grow and reproduce, it’s important to know which type of plant is being discussed. These plant types, of course, apply not only to wildflowers, but to all the thousands of hybrids that have been “made” from them as garden flowers we all enjoy. Remember, every flower is descended from a wildflower (or

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24
Apr

Why do Fall leaves change color?

We all enjoy the colors of autumn leaves. The changing fall foliage never fails to surprise and delight us. Did you ever wonder how and why a fall leaf changes color? Why a maple leaf turns bright red? Where do the yellows and oranges come from? To answer those questions, we first have to understand what leaves are and what

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18
Apr

Phrases from the Old Days

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase… “goodnight, sleep tight.” It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the

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23
Nov

 Winter Weather!

As temperatures drop, we look to keep our crews safe. Looks like tomorrow will be icy, so the office is planning on being closed and not sending any crews out. A good reminder that we are transitioning into our winter schedule. If you have not had your maintenance visit either last week or today, please note that we have been

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