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December 2018
Issue 107
Hello Great Gardener,

Keep my daughter in your thoughts next Wednesday she will be at Children's Hospital all day for testing.

For those who have just joined our e-newsletter family, my daughter had a brain bleed in October 2015. She was diagnosed with a malformed vein in her brain. She went through a procedure called Gamma Knife Radiation, and the last 2.5 years we have had to have several tests done to check on the progress.

We are now going through what we are hoping is the last test for her. It is called an Angiogram where they go in through her leg and then up to her head. Once they get up to her head, they shoot dye into her brain and then see if the Gamma Knife Radiation worked. This will be the 3rd time she has had an Angiogram done. It doesn't get any less scary especially knowing that your child is in the hands of the doctors and you have to trust them to do everything correctly. She is asleep through it all, but it is going to be a long day. Unfortunately, we won't know the results of the testing until after Christmas unless they keep her overnight at the hospital.
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, hit reply. I would love to hear from you. Have a great-gardening day.

How To Make A Clay Pot Snowman Head
What You Need:
  • 4 Inch Clay Pot
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Fleece Fabric:
    * 1 Piece of 12 Inch x 4 Inch (Hat)
    * 1 Piece 18 Inch x 1 Inch or 2 Pieces 9 Inch x 1 Inch (Scarf)
    * 1 Piece 5 Inches Long x 1 Inch (Scarf)
  • Google Eyes
  • Hot Glue Gun (Adults Only)
  • Piece Of Thin Ribbon 8 Inches Long
  • Modge Podge Sealer
  • Permanent Markers
  • Paint clay pot white and let dry. May take two coats of paint to cover.
  • Place the pot so that the rim side is down and the bottom side is up.
  • Hot glue on eyes (adults only)
  • Draw on nose and mouth with permanent markers.
  • Spray with a light coat of Modge Podge Sealer. Make sure to keep the spray Can at least a foot away from pot, or permanent marker will run. Let dry.
  • The 12-inch x 4-inch piece of fleece is used for the hat.
  • The hat covers the bottom of the pot.
  • To create the hat place hot glue 1/2 inch to 1 inch away from the top of the bottom all the way around the pot. See the black line in the picture. This is how far down you want to go.
  • Place the edge of the fabric onto hot glue so that it wraps around the pot. The material will overlap a little. Just add a dab of hot glue to the lower corner of the fleece fabric and push down onto fleece to hold the overlap in place. Let hot glue dry.
  • The next step is to wrap the ribbon around fleece and tie in a bow.
  • The scarf goes around the lower portion of the pot. Place hot glue all the way around the pot and then wrap the fleece around it. The material will overlap somewhat you can cut off the overlap or glue it down with the hot glue.
  • Take the 5-inch piece of fleece and tie a knot in the middle of it. Hot glue to the rim of the pot to create the part of the scarf that drapes down.
2018 Hurry Back Bucks
2018 Hurry Back Bucks expire December 31, 2018.
Salt Substitutes On Sidewalks
Salt used to melt ice on sidewalks can cause serious plant damage when washed off the walk into adjacent soil.

Here are some green alternative to that can be used to improve footing on icy sidewalks.
  • Coarse Sand
  • Cat Litter
  • Coffee Grinds
  • Alfalfa Meal - Use In Moderation
Meaning Behind Some Christmas Plants
First celebrated as a plant of great importance by the Pagans, Holly was considered as a protective force against evil.

Early French and English families hung holly over their doors to symbolize a home in which Christ's birth is celebrated.

The prickly leaves represent the crown of thorns that Jesus wore when he was crucified. The berries are the drops of blood that were shed by Jesus because of the thorns.
Many legends and myths are associated with the plant, which was widely used to create wreaths for the Winter Solstice.

Ivy plants were considered to have magical powers by which they prevented the entry of evil spirits into the house.

In some cultures, ivy was a symbol of marriage and friendship, perhaps due to its tendency to cling.

For a period, ivy was banished as decor by Christians due to its ability to grow in the shade, which led to its association with secrecy and debauchery.

During the Middle Ages rosemary was spread on the floor at midnight on Christmas Eve so as people walked on it the fragrance would fill the air; this in the belief that those who smelled rosemary on Christmas Eve would have a year of health and happiness.

Traditions say that the flowers of rosemary were once white. In the flight to Egypt, the Holy Family stopped briefly to rest. Mary threw her blue cloak on a rosemary bush, which ever after produced sky blue flowers.
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