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-FILE- In this Friday, April 20, 2018 file image fields of flowers are left to bloom to cultivate the bulbs around spring garden de Keukenhof in Lisse, west central Netherlands. Dutch agriculture exports rose 4.6% in 2019 from the previous year to a new record of 94.5 billion euros ($105.2 billion), the country's statistics office and an economic research organization said Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Flowers, plants and bulbs were the highest value exports, totaling 9.5 billion euros. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Sales of flowers, pork push Dutch farm exports to new record

Jan. 17, 2020 5:24 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch agriculture exports rose 4.6% in 2019 from the previous year to a new record of 94.5 billion euros ($105.2 billion), the country's statistics office and a research organization said Friday. In this country famous for its colorful fields of tulips, horticultural products...

This June 15, 2015 photo shows a dwarf hybrid blueberry plant growing in a container on a residential sidewalk near Langley, Wash. Growers without a lot of living space increasingly are choosing the dwarf varieties of their favorite plants, making this one of the hottest gardening trends predicted for 2020. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Gardening trends for 2020? Think unconventional, sustainable

Jan. 7, 2020 8:54 AM EST

Gardeners in 2020 will veer from the beaten path, opting for unconventional varieties and eco-conscious surroundings, according to a plant trends study by horticulturalists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Their forecast is based largely on market observations...

Female members of the Zapatista militia, carrying bows and arrows, wait for coffee at sunrise during a gathering titled The Second International Meeting of Women Who Fight, organized by the women of the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) in Caracol Morelia, Altamirano municipality, Chiapas state, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Zapatistas have self-governed over a large swath of Mexico's southern-most state since the rebels rose up in arms to demand greater indigenous rights in January 1994. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)

Mexico's Zapatistas host "Women Who Fight" gathering

Dec. 30, 2019 5:21 PM EST

CARACOL MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — More than 3,000 women came together in an autonomous Zapatista enclave in the southern Mexico state of Chiapas over the weekend to unite against the patriarchy, violence and capitalism. The Zapatistas have self-governed over a large swath of Mexico’s southern-most...

This undated photo shows a blooming holiday cactus in New Paltz, N.Y. Growing conditions are easy to provide to get a holiday cactus to bloom in winter. (Lee Reich via AP)

Winter cacti are hard to name but easy to grow

Dec. 17, 2019 8:43 AM EST

Years ago, I had one of those spineless cacti that once a year splash colorful flowers out the ends of their flat, arching stems. Such plants are usually named for when they are supposed to bloom: Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter cactii. I just call them "holiday" cacti because they rarely bloom on their...

This undated photo shows forced daffodil bulbs in New York. Forcing a spring bulb to blossom out of season is easy, but requires a few preparatory steps. (Lee Reich via AP)

Bring spring indoors early — very early — by forcing bulbs

Dec. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Daffodils sitting on a windowsill against a backdrop of white snow make a fragrant and pretty midwinter scene. This picture, with bulbs “forced” for early bloom, takes planning that should start now. Choose plump, fresh-looking bulbs from those now on display at garden centers, hardware stores and...

FILE - In this Thursday May 16, 2019 file photo, author Philip Pullman with his knighthood following an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. The line between fantasy and reality is blurry in the world of Philip Pullman. The British author’s latest book, “The Secret Commonwealth,” is set in a world of mystery, magic, witches and daemons _ as well as untrustworthy politicians, manipulative charmers and fake news. (Yui Mok/Pool via AP, File)

Philip Pullman’s latest book is adventure for an anxious age

Nov. 27, 2019 7:28 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The line between fantasy and reality is blurry in the world of Philip Pullman. Which, he thinks, is how it should be. The British author’s latest book, “The Secret Commonwealth,” is set in a world of mystery, magic, witches and daemons — as well as untrustworthy...

This undated photo shows an amorphophallus bulb sprouting in New Paltz, N.Y. The ability to sprout even out of soil is only one eerie characteristic of this post-Halloween plant. (Lee Reich via AP)

Eerie plants’ season didn’t end with Halloween

Nov. 19, 2019 8:31 AM EST

If you’re missing Halloween, there are some eerie indoor and outdoor plants that carry the spooky season into winter and beyond. Let’s start with bat plant (Tacca integrifolia), which blooms year-round. The blossoms are neither bright, cheery nor attractive, except in a curiously ominous way. Atop...