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Don't write winter off yet; be prepared [Senior Circles]
Don't write winter off yet; be prepared [Senior Circles]

On Christmas Eve, after putting the mangers and Baby Jesus statues in the inside and outside crèches at my church, as I was walking back to my car, I noticed that the Lenten rose bush, as I have always called it, on the side of the church was blooming. I was surprised because I thought the Lenten rose bloomed in early spring. We have had a mild winter so far, so I thought the plant was blooming early. I hoped it was an early sign of spring. Upon researching this flower, I learned that there is a Christmas rose that blooms from late fall to early spring. It is an evergreen perennial, which blooms during the darkest months of the year, even if the ground is frozen. The Christmas rose,...

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