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Every year before the Thanksgiving holiday, the President chooses 2 turkeys who will be spared from ending up on your dining room table. In a ceremony that takes place at the White House one official turkey is pardoned as well as the occasional alternate gobbler.
Some say that this tradition started with Harry Truman in 1947, but it became official in 1989, with President G.W. Bush.
Names for the lucky birds are chosen by voters on the White House website. Here is a list of some previous honorees:
1999 - Harry
2000 - Jerry
2001 - Liberty
2002 - Katie and Zack
2003- Stars and Stripes
2004- Biscuit and Gravy
2005- Marshmallow and Yam
2006 - Flyer and Fryer
2007 - May and Flower
2008 - Pumpkin and Pecan
Windy and cool today with rain in the a.m. Got my winterizing project done just in time, as once I had just finished, it began to pour.
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'Overwintering' plants usually means deadheading, dividing, mulching or bringing them indoors to protect them from the cold. Increasingly, though, varieties are being introduced that flower into winter and rebound in spring. They need no special care and deliver more blooms for the buck.
Two noteworthy examples are Ball Horticultural Co.'s Cool Wave petunias and pansies.
"These flowers have more hardiness because they were developed in many different locations, and strains were chosen from breeding stock that did best in temperature extremes," said Cool Wave plant manager Claire Watson. "Not only are they resistant to cold but they also are more tolerant of heat."
Some other flower varieties introduced recently to provide color over longer periods of time are bearded iris, daylilies, clematis and shrub roses. Many of those perennials bloom repeatedly through the growing season, unlike earlier editions.
Cool Wave's extended flowering petunias have been on the market five years, quickly becoming consumer favorites. Pansies were introduced this year.
"They need less maintenance, have large-size flowers and their colors intensify with the cold," Watson said. "They tolerate several light frosts and simply go dormant after a hard frost. They bloom even in the snow."
These are vigorous flowers, capable of spreading 24 to 30 inches. That makes them a vibrant groundcover. It also means that not as many plants are needed per pot or for filling bare spaces in borders or beds. Their extended bloom ability gives gardeners more versatility for flowerbed design. The new pansies and petunias provide three full seasons of bloom when grown in the South. Those planted in the Snowbelt are capable of surviving Zone 5 conditions (-10 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit) and will reappear soon after the snow melts.
"They can use a light layer of mulch as wintertime insurance but don't really require it," Watson said.
A great deal of breeding work has been done over the past several decades to insert the cold gene into different plant varieties, said Anthony Tesselaar, president and co-founder of Tesselaar Plants in Silvan, Australia.
"Winter gardening is the ultimate challenge in this kind of work," Tesselaar said. "That's what we all aspire to."
Many plants are tested. Few, however, make the cut. Hybridizers who do upwards of 200,000 plant crosses a year might be lucky to emerge after a couple of seasons with just one to 10 plants that look new or promising enough to bring to market, Tesselaar said.
"On average, anytime you get good genetics in plants it takes 18 to 25 years before you can get comfortable with them or predict their behavior," Tesselaar said. "They don't just pop out of the box."
1872 Fire rips through Boston, destroying hundreds of homes and killing 14 people
1901 Teddy Roosevelt establishes a naval base in the Philippines
1938 In an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launch a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence, which continued through November 10 and was later dubbed "Kristallnacht," or "Night of Broken Glass," after the countless smashed windows of Jewish-owned establishments, left approximately 100 Jews dead, 7,500 Jewish businesses damaged and hundreds of synagogues, homes, schools and graveyards vandalized.
1946 Army and Notre Dame fight to a draw
1960 Robert McNamara becomes president of Ford Motor Co.
1961 Brain Epstein meets John Lennon. Epstein was sometimes referred to as the 'fifth Beatle' and went on to be their manager
1965 The Great Northeast Blackout turns out lights across seven Northeast states and parts of Canada
1989 East Germany opens Berlin Wall
1990 Willie Nelson's assets are seized by the IRS
2001 The Kodak Theatre opens and becomes home of the Oscars
2012 7.4 earthquake rocks Guatemala