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To help gardeners understand which plants will grow well for them, the entire USA has been segmented into ‘Plant Hardiness Zones’. Knowing your zone number is helpful when shopping for plants because:

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Heigh Ho! The holly!

holly1.jpgToday, I was looking for a great photo of holly to use on our homepage for Christmas. I Googled Images, and found a really beautiful one from an herb site.  I emailed and asked for permission to use the photo, as I always do, and within an hour, I had my answer.  A really nice guy from New Zealand wrote and said he had had a look at AmericanMeadows.com, and yes, he'd be happy to let us use his photo.  Imagine....New Zealand.  The magic of the internet.  In my haste, I hadn't noticed the photo was there, so I visited the website.  It's called Herb Data New Zealand  Take a look; it's a fascinating and very thorough herbal info site. (As you know, holly has all kinds of medicinal history and uses.) And by the way, if you're ready for a little Christmas spirit now that Thanksgiving is past, "Heigh Ho! The Holly!" is from Shakespeare's "As You Like It."  The full quote is "Then heigh ho! The holly! This life is most jolly."  Our most jolly photo may be from a New Zealand site, but my new internet friend told me the holly in the picture was gathered in the wild in our own Pacific northwest. 

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