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Paperwhites For Christmas!

Paperwhite narcissus are the best no-fail Christmas flowers of all. Just place the bottoms of the bulbs in water, keep the bulbs at room temperature, and in just a week or two, you have beautiful, fragrant blooms! This is so easy even my wife, Judy, loves doing it. (Please don’t tell her I said that.)

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Kissing Up To Mistletoe

It’s hard to warm up to a parasite. The mere fact that one organism takes both sustenance and shelter from another without returning the favor just seems so wrong. Yet Grumpy finds a lot to like about the South’s most visible parasite, American mistletoe. All in all, it’s one cool plant.

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Merry Christmas From Around the South

From our Southern Living family to yours, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Catch a glimpse of how Southerners are celebrating the holiday, everywhere from Louisiana to Kentucky.

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Holiday Lies

I’m dreaming of a Christmas free of the harmless fibs, gentle untruths, and little white lies that pile up like (fake) snow.

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Gnome For the Holidays

From Svalbard, Helgulfur, Gunnsteinn, Ulfljotr, Ketilmundr, and all of Grumpy’s Garden Gnomes, have a wonderful holiday season and an outstanding New Year. Nothing beats raising a glass with your gnomies — except for raising a second glass. Cheers!

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Last-Second Garden Gifts from Grumpy!

We’re coming down to the wire. The Mayan calendar says the world will end tomorrow, December 21. But if it doesn’t and you’re still on the hook for a unique gardening gift for Christmas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some items sure to make even the most discerning gardener blubber like a baby. Item #1. Heirloom Vegetable […]

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6 Great Garden Gifts for Christmas

It’s that wonderful time of the year again, when Grumpy the Grinch has stolen all the best garden gifts from Whoville to make them available to you. Here are six great items you’ll want to stuff into every stocking you find. Item #1. Crocus bulb tea light holders (above). This set of three hand-painted steel holders from Gardener’s Supply Company […]

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Garden With Confidence

There’s a pernicious rumor going around that gardening is just too hard for the average person. Oh sure, they can paint their floors and bake a gold-leaf cake for the Queen, but plant some herbs? That’s just so hard! Garden coach Helen Yoest thinks this rumor is pure manure. So she’s written a book to prove that anyone can garden […]

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This Year, Make Holiday Cookie Baking a Breeze

My motto around the holidays? “A homebaked cookie a day keeps the holiday madness at bay.” Plan to mark holiday cookie baking off your “To Do” list, and host your own sweet swap. Pick out your favorite holiday treats from our arsenal of easy-to-make recipes (here and here), and use these tips for flawless gift giving. The best part of […]

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The Gift of Wrapping – A Southern Christmas Essay

One of my earliest, happiest Christmas memories concerns a box wrapped in a Victorian teddy bear paper. I was 6 and had to have a Madame Alexander doll. On Christmas morning, I opened the teddy bears to find my much desired companion. While I hugged her, my thrifty mother smoothed the wrapping and laid it aside.

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