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2008-02-09 09:00:00

By Richard Nunnally, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. Feb. 9--Prune Scotch broom right after it blooms Q:Please provide me with information on the proper fertilization and pruning for what I call Scotch broom. I don't know the proper name for it. Our bushes are about 5 feet high and 4 feet across. The blooms on this bush are a rusty orange and run the entire length of the stem. My fear is that a heavy snow will break the stem. Answer: Scotch broom, or Cytisus scoparius, is a good example of a...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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