Each year the National Garden Bureau selects one annual, one perennial, one bulb crop, and one edible for the honor of being selected a “Year of the” crop. Plants are chosen because they are popular, easy-to-grow, widely adaptable, genetically diverse, and versatile. The organization has declared 2017 the Year of the Rose in recognition of its importance. Part of the Rosaceae family (important for the food supply—think apples, strawberries, etc.)—there are more than 150 species of roses but only a few are used in today’s gardens.
New Single-family Home Stats from Census Bureau The United States Census Bureau recently released highlights of single family homes completed in 2016, a number totalling 738,000. Of those, 686,000 had air conditioning, while 71,000 had two bedrooms or less and 336,000 of them had four bedrooms or more. The median size was 2,422 square feet.