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Made In The USA: So What Do You Buy???

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Lable Made in the USA with Eagle and FlagIn the wake of the economic collapse this country was given by the parlayed mortgage scams the wonderful banking industry recently gave us, there have been all sorts of movements to help stimulate our local economies. “Buy Local”, John Stossel’s  segment on ABC News, “Buy American”, (which he now claims is stupid), are probably the most popular. But is it really practical? I mean we all want the best product for the cheapest price right?

We always assume that because something has been manufactured in China, Mexico, India or some other third world country that the product is the cheapest out there. For the most part, at least those I speak with acknowledge that by purchasing something at the cheapest price sometimes involves sacrificing quality.

Well I have had some information sent to me for those that took the time to take a closer look at this matter of getting the best product for the most inexpensive price. Here is some of the information I have been sent…

ACE HARDWARE – Made in the USA – Very Encouraging

Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay on the outside and they are made in the U.S.A.

Some research shows that there is no electric coffee maker made in the US and that the only kitchen appliances made in the US is Viking. Until now I had never heard of Viking appliances. Actually there is Kitchen Aid is made in the US also.
Hallmark Greeting cards…Made in China??? The ones in the Dollar tree say made in USA and are 50 cents…

This shopper was in WalMart looking for waste baskets.  Found some “Made in China” for $6.99, also found some “Made in the USA” for $2.50. This shopper also found kitchen rugs made in the US for $3.00 cheaper than ones made outside the country.

What I’m driving at here is you have to read the labels. We have become a society of convenience and we have also become brainwashed somewhat into believing that everything that is imported will be cheaper than products made in this country because the USA has unionized labor and with that comes that xenophobic thought process that the products manufactured in another country are produced with cheap sweatshop labor.

Colgate Toothpaste…Mexico. Crest…USA

Bounce Dryer Sheets…Canada, GE light bulbs Mexico…same products under the name Everyday Value, Cleveland Ohio.

So is it good to buy American and nothing else? Well when was this country’s economy at its best? I’m not saying that we should close our borders and shut out the world. No that would not work there are just some things I like that are not from the US, like bananas, or my favorite coffee bean Sumatra Mandling. We need to have trade.

I believe that everyone would agree with that. But when you go shopping and you really want to find value for your hard earned dollar, perhaps you should slow down and read the label, compare prices and see where the true value really is. By doing so we just may find that all this hyperbole about how unionized labor drives prices out of reach of most shoppers in America is just nothing but poppycock!!

Will buying American solve the country’s economic woes? You’d be a fool to believe that. However, it would put a dent in some of the issues we have. It would help to keep some tax dollars in local communities and revenue streams inside the US.

I guess what I’m getting at here is if you feel strongly about supporting your country in an economic sense take some time to truly find value for your dollar. You may be very surprised where you find it…

Until Next Time…

Happy Shopping…

Mirabilis jalapa: A Perfect Complimentary Addition to Any garden

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Four O'clock Flower

 

One of my favorite flowers is the Mirabilis jalapa…or what has become commonly called the Four O’clock. Marvel of Peru is the interpretation of this aromatic flower’s Latin name and has become the most commonly grown ornamental flower species of Mirabilis. This particular flower is believed to have been exported around 1540 from Peru and is available in a wide range of colors

Flowers of a multitude of colors start to open in the late afternoon hence the common name 4 O’clock. One of the most unique characteristics of this fragrant flower is its ability to change colors and the fact that different colors will be found on the same plant. In addition some flowers will consist of more than one color.

 

 

Four O'clock Fragrant flowerDespite their appearance, the flowers are not formed from petals – rather they are a pigmented modification of the calyx. The flowers are trumpet shaped opening at night, pollinators such as the sphinx moths or hawk moths and other nocturnal pollinators attracted by the fragrance. . Another interesting point is a color-changing phenomenon. For example, in the yellow variety, as the plant matures, it can display flowers that gradually change to a dark pink color. Similarly white flowers can change to light violet.

What I enjoy the most about this incredible curious looking marvel of nature is how that yard smell in the morning just before the day warms up and the flower closes. If only they would bloom the same time as the Bearded Iris’…the yard would smell like a perfume’ all day.

The plants will get about three feet high and in diameter and produce hundreds of flowers. With dark bright green leaves, they develop a tuberous root system in addition to seeding themselves and will come back ever year. In your more temperate areas they will become perennials.

$ O'clcok flowering seed

Care is very simple and I’m sure adds to their popularity. Feed them in the spring and after the frost in the fall turn everything back into your garden bed and they’ll gladly show up to greet you in the late spring early summer.

 

Each flower is capable of producing a seed so if left unchecked they can take over a garden. If you’re looking for something to provide color in the evenings when it cools off and also a flower that Humming Birds LOVE!!! This is a flower you must consider in your garden.

 

 

Until Next Time…

Happy Gardening