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My Green Thumb - 05/13/14

For the past month I have been going back and forth as to what to do with my front yard.  As a first time homeowner, I'm pretty new to the gardening scene so it's been fun to figure out what to put out front.  I decided to start small, since I haven't seen the yard in full bloom yet, but I knew there was one thing I had to plant.  Hydrangea!  I love how colorful and full the flowers are. They are beautiful!  But, the area I wanted to plant limited my choice in the type of hydrangea, as most of the plants require some shade.  The area is in full sunlight all day so I went with the vanilla strawberry hydrangea plant, which can withstand the bright sun.  We'll see how it does.  I can't wait to see it bloom! 


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Last Update on December 26, 2014 10:06 GMT


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thanks a lot. Writing thank you notes is a lost art. The National Archives Museum in Washington is helping kids write thank you notes for all of their holiday gifts. The National Archives is hosting a thank you note writing contest on Dec. 30. The museum will provide ideas and a fill-in-the blanks handout. All children who enter the contest will get a thank you card and an envelope to take home to use for a real thank you note. Copies of great thank you notes from the National Archives collection will also be on view.


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is missing -- at least from the nativity scene outside the Washington state Capitol. The Olympian newspaper reports the sponsor of the Christmas holiday display bought a baby doll at a thrift shop as a replacement. Washington State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says the Jesus case is being treated as a theft.


ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) -- It was a Christmas gift too big to wrap. Jared Brigmon not only bought his fiancee everything in the store -- he bought the store, too. Brigmon's gift to girlfriend Misty Maurer is Bling, a women's shoes and accessory store in a St. Cloud, Minnesota, mall. Maurer tells the St. Cloud Times she and her daughters are loyal customers. Maurer was in tears as she got the keys. She adds her daughters want to know if now they get everything for free.


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Sometimes it is too soon to start. The University of Iowa recently sent out recruitment packets to more than a thousand students. But these students aren't high school seniors, they're sill in elementary school. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports confused parents have been calling the university to find out why. University officials say it's due to a clerical error. The University of Iowa offers a camp program. It was the camp information packet that was supposed go to the families of the school kids.

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