January was named for the Roman god Janus, known as the protector of gates and doorways, which symbolize beginnings and ends.
FOLKLORE FOR THE SEASON: Fog in January brings a wet spring; a favorable January brings us a good year; if grass grows in January, it will grow badly the whole year; a summerish January, a winterish spring.
Keep road and sidewalk salt away from plants. Construct a burlap screen to keep road spray off plants.
Avoid walking on frosted or frozen grass.
If necessary, carefully remove heavy snows from evergreen limbs to prevent damage. DO NOT try to remove ice from limbs as this may cause plant damage.
At this time of year make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries and install carbon monoxide detectors to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keep extra weight in your car’s trunk when driving in winter. Bags of sand can add weight and be used on ice to help provide traction.
All weeds are not bad. Clover, for example, works as a natural fertilizer by returning nitrogen to the soil.
It takes about 20 daisies, 30 roses or 36 marigolds to cover just one square foot of a Rose Bowl Parade float. All of the floats together take approximately 18 million flowers and can cost between $250,000-$260,000.
Animal behaviorists have concluded that cats don't meow as a way to communicate with each other. It's a method they use for getting attention from humans.
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