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Christmas Firsts

Posted On: December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas !!

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Here is a little bit about the history of Christmas traditions in America, from Christmas trees to greeting cards, that we all know and love today.

Christmas Trees

  • The first American Christmas tree can be credited to a Hessian soldier by the name of Henrick Roddmore, who was captured at the Battle of Bennington in 1776. He then went to work on the farm of Samuel Denslow in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where for the next 14 years he put up and decorated Christmas trees in the Denslow family home.
  • The first Christmas tree retail lot was established in 1851 by a Pennsylvanian named Mark Carr, who hauled tow ox sleds loaded with Christmas trees from the Catskill Mountains to the sidewalks of New York City.
  • The first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce, and the first president to establish the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn was Calvin Coolidge.
  • In 1882, the first tree lights were sold in New York City.

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How to Pick the Perfect Christmas Tree

Posted On: December 03, 2013

Tips on how to buy a tree that's just right, and what to do with it when you get home.

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roger cook checking out a tree at a tree farm

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FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING 11/12/13 THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING 11/13/13...

Posted On: November 11, 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

 

 

... FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING... 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* LOCATIONS... NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES.

* HAZARDS... FREEZING TEMPERATURES.

* TEMPERATURES... IN THE UPPER 20S.

* TIMING... TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS... FREEZING TEMPERATURES MAY KILL SENSITIVE VEGETATION...  ENDING THE GROWING SEASON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION

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Thanksgiving Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Posted On: October 30, 2013

Decorative Fall Urn

Add to the natural autumn beauty of your yard with harvest-inspired fall outdoor decorations. Featuring natural elements such as pumpkins, leaves, and more, our versatile fall outdoor decorating ideas will span the season from September through Thanksgiving. Read More

 

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Average Fall Last Frost Map

Posted On: October 17, 2013
 
The map at left shows the average date of the first frost in fall. Use it to help plan when to plant late-season or fall crops, and when you can expect frost-sensitive plants to finally succumb to freezing temperatures.
Keep in mind that t...he dates are guides, and no guarantee that frost will not occur before the first date shown.
Also remember that microclimates have a tremendous effect on frost. Some valleys and low-lying areas can be plagued by early frosts well before the first frost date on cold nights when there is radiational cooling. Large bodies of water may moderate air temperatures at some sites, reducing the chances of frost.
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Best Fall Flowers for the Northeast

Posted On: September 30, 2013

Best Fall Flowers for the Northeast

These spectacular bloomers enliven Northeastern gardens with fall color and drama.

Short days and crisp nights transform leadplant (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, Zones 6-9) into a scarlet canvas that echoes the fiery autumn landscape above it. This groundcover's startling blue flowers sparkle above its blushing leaves.

Purple-leaf smoke tree (Cotinus coggygria, Zones 5-8) is well-known for clouds of long-lasting frothy flower plumes, but it also shines for its fall foliage. Variety 'Velvet Cloak' has purple-pink blooms and deep red fall color. 'Royal Purple' starts with red spring foliage that turns purple by summer, then transforms into a magnificent display of red, orange, and yellow in autumn. Dwarf Fothergilla gardenii 'Mount Airy' (Zones 5-9) is another fall foliage superstar. The foliage turns apricot, crimson, and gold.

For jewellike fall blooms, plant clusters of Colchicum bulbs, also known as autumn crocus, among shrubs. Colchicum flowers appear like magic in early to midautumn, long after their spring foliage has gone dormant. Flowers range from pure white to pink, blue, and rosy purple, depending on the variety, and are larger than spring-blooming crocus. Colchicum autumnale 'Alboplenum' has plush white blooms that resemble water lilies, and Colchicum 'The Giant' features 10- to 12-inch- tall violet flowers.

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Gardening Tips for September

Posted On: September 10, 2013

 

Gardening Tips for the Northeast Region for September

Correct any soil deficiencies you've noticed. Healthy soil is crucial to healthy plants.

Check coniferous trees for tip damage on new growth. If the tips have been mutilated by borers or otherwise damaged, remove them and establish a new leader by forcing a new side shoot into an upright position.

Young trees should be staked to prevent the roots from being pulled by fall and winter winds.

 

If you haven't brought your houseplants in yet, do it before you have to start heating your home. This gives them a chance to adjust. Wash them thoroughly before bringing them in to rid them of any pests and eggs.

Plant spring bulbs as long as the ground is workable. Plant the following bulbs soon: trout lily,tulip, narcissus (including daffodil), snowdrop, winter aconite, starflower, and crown imperial. For crown imperial, add a little lime to the soil.

Dig up your rosemary, basil, tarragon, oregano, marjoram, English thyme, parsley, and chives to grow them inside as houseplants. Keep them in a cool, sunny spot, and allow the  Click Here

 

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