Monday November 25, 2013
Welcome to this week's edition of Mystery Monday! There are still no guesses for the last one, so head on over and make a guess HERE.
Your clues for this week:
- This Elaeagnaceae family shrub is the latest plant to be dubbed a "superfruit".
- The leaves are silvery, as the species name notes.
- You can find this plant in my drought tolerant shrub gallery.
Good luck and happy Thanksgiving if you are in the United States!
Image by Matt Lavin via Flickr Creative Commons License.
Tuesday November 19, 2013
Halloween is over and people have started decorating for Christmas. Some are even putting up their Christmas trees! I am personally a "Christmas decorating comes after Thanksgiving" kind of gal, but I can understand people's excitement.
At my parents house, we always bough a cut Christmas tree which was a Noble fir. In college, I scrounged up an artificial Christmas tree from Freecycle. When I got married, our first tree was a living Norfolk Island pine.
Are you ready to choose your Christmas tree? These articles can help you get the right one for you.
Tell me - do you prefer cut, artificial or living Christmas trees?
Sunday November 17, 2013
The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (also called Chanukah) is starting especially early this year. It begins November 27th (the day before Thanksgiving) and runs through December 5th. While most Jewish people will celebrate by lighting a menorah, eating traditional Hanukkah foods, and playing Dreidel, some are also participating in a newer tradition - the Hanukkah bush.
The practice is controversial, as some feel it is simply a copy of a Christmas tree. Others see it as a beautiful decoration to liven up the house for the holidays. Some also see it as a bridge between Christianity and Judaism.
What do you think of the custom of decorating a Hanukkah bush? Is it a fun practice or too similar to a Christmas tree?
Will you be putting up a Hanukkah bush this year?
Image by kumar303 via Flickr
Tuesday November 12, 2013
Happy Mystery Monday! Winners for the last mystery shrubwere Kathleen (answered by email) and James (blog comment). It was the New Zealand tea tree or manuka (Leptospermum scoparium). Cory guessed the crape myrtle, which has a similar appearance.
Your clues for this week:
- This tree is in the Rhamnaceae (buckthorn) family.
- The common name sounds like it's an Asian version of a familiar dried fruit and it has a similar taste. It is from that continent.
- This fruit is sometimes used medicinally.
Good luck in guessing the mystery tree!
Photo by Eran Finckle via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution License.