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Glowing Color of Persimmon: Creates a most stunning petunia

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By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, and Speaker | Facebook @NormanWinterTheGarden Guy

To me this is the prettiest petunia I have ever grown. It is so pretty that if it only lasted a month, I would say I can hardly wait until next year, but it is a Supertunia and therefore will perform as suggested, a super petunia. The name of this new variety is Supertunia Persimmon.

Deep down I wish Proven Winners had given this petunia a better name, like Glowing Embers, or Electric Flame. But then, what do I know? The most popular petunia of all time is known in the garden world as Bubblegum. The gardener is likely to say, “I got my Bubblegums planted today.”

Some of you have no doubt started to tune me out as I have alluded to the color orange. This is a color not included in your repertoire. In other words, someone has stolen the joy of orange out of your heart. I am just kidding.

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The Garden Guy: 2023 Looks to Create a Gold Rush for this Award-winning Rudbeckia

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By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, and Speaker | Facebook @NormanWinterTheGarden Guy

Next year will be a horticultural occurrence or phenomenon that I don’t ever remember happening. It is going to be like the Gold Rush, except this time to get an award-winning plant. We can credit Brent Horvath, owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, with this invention that has everyone excited. It is known has American Gold Rush rudbeckia.

Growers and industry alike are celebrating the first rudbeckia resistant to Septoria leaf spot. You may not have ever paid attention to the leaves of your Rudbeckia fulgida selections or hybrids but the nursery industry has and they are helping drive this hybrid to the top of the recommended list.

This is where the chain of events has mesmerized me as being most rare. First, American Gold Rush was awarded the All-American Selections Perennial Plant of the Year in 2020. Many of us were unaware of a cooperative venture with the Perennial Plant Association.

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Cozy Winter Home

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By Kassie Pounds | Instagram @victorycottage

After the holiday season, sometimes it’s nice to put everything away and start fresh. For me, the Christmas decor can start to feel cluttered when it’s out too long, but where do you go from there? No one wants a house that feels stark and cold in the winter months. The key to avoiding that, is to make your house cozy:

1.Keep soft or furry throws draped on chairs and sofas, or in baskets so they can easily be grabbed for warmth.

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A Merry Mantel in the Making

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By Kassie Pounds | Instagram @victorycottage

Each year when the Christmas season arrives and I start making the house festive, the first thing I usually tend to do is decorate the mantel. Once I get that finished, I feel like I play off of that to decorate the rest of the house. While it may look complicated to some, I typically have a method to decorating my Christmas mantel.


These simple steps should help you re-create this merry mantel for yourself:

  1. Gather all your decorations and supplies.
    · A mirror
    · Bottle brush trees in varying heights
    · Garland (I used fresh garland from a home improvement store, and felt ball garland from a craft store.)
    · Star figurines or ornaments
    · Battery-operated twinkle lights
    · Fake snow and/or ice Christmas tree picks
    · Stockings (I stuff mine with tissue paper or paper towels so they look full)
    · Large ornament
    · Stuffed animal ornaments
    · Command hooks

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