The Christmas Rose and Lots of New Plants!
Season 5, Episode 7, December 21, 2022
On this week’s episode, Dee and Carol talk about new All-America Selections for 2023, a book on birding, and the Legend of the Christmas Rose.
If you ask us, the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger, is gaining in popularity as more gardeners discover that it really, truly, actually does bloom in the wintertime when there is little else in flower.
If you have any vintage Christmas dishes or postcards, look closely at that flower you thought was a rose, and you’ll see it is probably a hellebore. Then use your new-found knowledge to impress your family and friends!
But before you go off and do that, step away from the hustle and bustle before Christmas, settle in with your favorite hot beverage, and listen to this week’s episode, full of information about new plants for 2023!
Here are some links with more info:
Coleus ‘Premium Sun Coral Candy’, perfect for containers!
Salvia ‘Blue by You’, a lovely perennial salvia hardy to zone 4B
Snapdragon ‘DoubleShot™ Orange Bicolor F1’, so pretty!
Leucanthemum ‘Carpet Angel®’, a groundcover Shasta Daisy
Colocasia ‘ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Waikiki’, the first All-America Colocasia winner
Jalapeno Pepper ‘San Joaquin’ (National Winner)
Kabocha Squash ‘Sweet Jade’ (National Winner)
Tomato ‘Zenzei’ (Regional Winner)
On the bookshelf:
Slow Birding: The Art and Science of Enjoying Birds in Your Own Backyard by Joan E. Strassmann (Amazon Link).
We also mentioned another book, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose (Amazon Link)
The birding movie we mentioned: The Big Year
The Legend of the Christmas Rose: Five Christmas Paintings and Their Interpretations by Henry E. Jackson, M.A. (1914). (Good used copies if you search enough. Reprints if you must.)
The children’s book Dee mentioned: The Miracle of the First Poinsettia: A Mexican Christmas Story by Joanne Oppenheim. We’d love to say good used copies are available but the prices! You might want to check it out from your library.
Carol’s blog post about her grandmother’s school assignment.
The usual stuff:
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