Christmas Greetings 2013

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Christmas Greetings 2013


Sepals have morphed into petaloids, which mechanically keep flowers flat.  This ugly duckling was the last in the greenhouse.  Not sure if this is a variety or a sporadic mutation.  Sepals can be seen on the flower on the left.

Flowers also face out - not so clear why.

HH to all.

Charles Swanson

(Moderator note: I've split this off into a new thread for 2013 holiday greetings.   Lori)

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NE Massachusetts (New England) USA  zone 6 (5B to 6B)

gardens visited, photographs:

Lori S.
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Thanks for adding the flickr link, Charles - your photos are wonderful!  Are some of those your rock gardens?

And in view of the season, how about some tiny "Christmas trees"?

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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Seasonal Greetings to all our wonderful friends.
Have a happy, healthy and peaceful 2014.
Kindest regards, Sue and Cliff Booker

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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Best wishes, everyone




Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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Best wishes to you all!

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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                               Have the Merriest of Times!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Merry Christmas to all of you! I've been away from Nargs for far too long, but I am back. I do hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday Season. Alas I 

have no photos, but I will have soon. Thanks to all of you for being here, and to Nargs for "just being Nargs" :)   Faith Oberg-Schier

Faith S.   Gardening in central Alberta climate, from min. -44 c to max. 36+ C. ( not often! ) Avg. annual precip. ~ 48 cm  Altitude ~ 820 m. Have "frying pan gardens" up around the house, and also some woodland areas down the pa

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Hope all are having and have had a nice holiday!

I tried to post an image in this thread, and at least one other the other day, but was not allowed-- my messages were flagged as potential spam- or some such wording! There was something to click to deal with the issue, but I have heard nothing back about it....

replies such as this with no images went through fine..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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Holiday Greetings all! 

Cohan, I'd like to know more about the error you're seeing when attempting to post photos.  The new NARGS site does have an active anti-spam module known as Mollum, and as with all such utilities, there can be "false positives".  When you say your message was flagged as potential spam, did it present you with a "Captcha" screen, where you input the letters-numbers from an image that makes it hard for "bots" to read? If you do see such a screen, enter the alphanumeric keyword to see if that works; the Mollum module is supposed to learn from such actions and hopefully no longer tag your attempts to post as spam.  If you could write down and let us know the specific messages you're seeing, that would be helpful.

Daniel, any other suggestions on this?


With a very unusual warm day on December 21st, the snow got soft and sticky, and my daughter and I made snowmen.  Mine is the frankensnowman; I used "botanicals", seed of Halesia monticola for eyes and buttons, and for hair seed pods of Hibiscus syriacus, Sedum spectabile seed "trees", and the dreaded yet festive looking Oriental Bittersweet, and nose from Cimicifuga simplex stem panicle.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at

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Very fun and creative, Mark.


It brings dried floral arranging to a new level! cool

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


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