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Christmas is about a week away and we are still having some days that are in the mid-70’s!

How can you get in the Christmas mood with that kind of weather???

As I do every year, here are some tips on plants you may have bought for the Christmas season.

Poinsettias are by far the most popular for the season and they come in a variety of colors.

Place them in indirect light and away from drafts.

Remove the pot from the speed cover to water so it can drain well.

They will hold their color for several weeks, then they are pretty much toast.

Christmas Cactus is easy to care for and will last for years.

Ours at The Artichoke is 5 or 6 years old and just started its bloom in November.

I usually get two bloom times a year.

These plants are a succulent so be careful not to overwater.

The one at The Choke gets east sun and seems to do well there.

So with the mild weather, the boat garden at home is loaded with lots of petunias, dill, and cilantro, all-volunteer from last spring’s seed drop.

There was another surprise in the boat garden.

We were watching a cooking show on TV and it looked pretty tasty but required potatoes and I didn’t have any.

Jim popped off, “Well why don’t you just go dig some up!”

Well, I had a volunteer potato that had sprouted out in September, but the foliage is long gone.

I grabbed a shovel anyway and did some digging…and I came back in with a hand full of potatoes! (See Below!)

I love surprises!

That is why I always…Enjoy The Earth! Diana

December potatoes in Oklahoma