To get the answer session a bit more interactive, a few questions are coming back at you. Please feel free to post or email your comments to liven things up.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote') was developed in France.
True. Its origins are in the Mediterranean region, with its seeds said to be from the French Alps. ‘Hidcote’ is an exquisite variety of Lavender. A quote from Miss Jekyll in Home and Garden 1900 - “Best among the good plants for hot, sandy soils are the ever blessed lavender and rosemary, delicious old garden bushes that one can hardly dissociate." If you ever have the opportunity, a must-see garden is Hidcote Manor Garden, part of the National Trust in the Cotswolds, UK – one of my favorite areas.
Winterberry is a deciduous Holly.
True. Its Latin name, Ilex verticillata likes its feet wet and can be spotted easily with its bright, red berries. Commonly used for decorating (watch out, though – its berries are poisonous) this woody shrub is prolific in swampy, wooded New England locations. Pay attention to Winterberry now as it is losing its leaves at this time of the year.
Snickers Candy Bars were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
False. The first wrapped penny candy in America was the tootsie roll. Snickers is one of the favorites at Halloween and overall, the number one selling candy bar. I love Reese’s Cups. What’s your Halloween candy of choice?
Potassium increases a plant’s tolerance to change in temperature and it increases its resistance to diseases and pests.
True. Plants love their potassium. To make sure your plants are receiving enough macronutrients, testing your soil is always useful.
Pumpkins and watermelon are in the same family.
True. The Cucurbitaceae family, also known as the gourd family includes watermelons and pumpkins. Can you find the similarity?
The inspirational gardening thought for the day is a one-liner joke from the internet. Enjoy the rest of the week.
What do you use to mend a jack-o-lantern? A pumpkin patch...
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