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19 Landscape basics

first_imgBy David BerleUniversity of GeorgiaCreating a functional and attractive landscape can be rewardingin many ways. Unfortunately, so many landscape design articlesand books abound that the task can be daunting.Simply choosing which information source to follow can drive youto hire a professional to make all the decisions. Somewherebetween the glossy magazine pictures and a hired professional isthe well-informed, creative homeowner: you.An old saying, “there is no such thing as a bad plant, only onethat is misplaced,” is true to a large extent. No matter how badthe overall design, it will look good if the plants are happy.Another old expression is, “I never met a plant I didn’t like.”Everyone has his own preferences for colors, shapes and texture.It’s easyGiven the diversity in the plant world, it’s not hard to findhome landscape plants that suit anyone’s tastes, no matter whatthe trends are in California.The best place to start is your neighborhood. Drive around andlook for both good and bad examples of your ideal landscape.Visit some of the many public gardens and displays, too,throughout Georgia and the Southeast. Make a trip to localnurseries and garden centers to see what’s available. Make afolder that includes pictures and articles that describe a lookthat suits both your location and your own taste.With some idea of how you want your landscape to look, theseplant-selection guidelines will help ensure your landscape ishappy.Plant the right stuffFirst, always use plants suited to the local environment. Thatincludes concerns about cold hardiness, frost dates, soildrainage, rainfall and even site-specific problems like deer andsalt water. Having locally adapted plants is better than anyplant guarantee the nursery can offer.Second, become familiar with the site and the individualrequirements of your favorite plants. Observe the pattern of thesun and the movement of water during a heavy rain. Locating aplant in the wrong light or drainage situation can be the kiss ofdeath and ruin any good landscape design.A plant requiring full sun means at least six hours of directsunlight per day. A shade-loving plant can tolerate no more thanfour hours of direct sunlight. A plant that is tolerant of “wetfeet” may not like growing on a dry hillside.How big will they grow?Third, consider the mature size of the plants you’re using andlocate them accordingly.One of the biggest mistakes in landscape design comes when it’stime to place the plants in the ground. Every landscape plantlooks small in a tiny nursery pot. Sometimes that little roundshrub in the pot turns into a giant beanstalk, growing tallerthan a two-story house.There’s always a temptation to bunch small container plants closetogether or up close to a house to make it look fuller in thebeginning. But the result is overcrowding and serious maintenanceconcerns down the road.Knowing how tall and wide a plant will grow must be coupled witha willingness to give the plant time to reach that size. Someplants grow so fast they must be pruned constantly. Others takeyears to grow a few inches.Trust your instinctsIf any landscape design trend were ever worth following, it wouldbe the trend toward personalized gardens. Your landscape shouldbe a reflection of what you like and how you want to expressyourself.The landscape is an open palette, waiting to be filled with yourfavorite plants and landscape features. As long as the plants youuse thrive where you place them, you alone can decide what looksbest.You can find more information about locally adapted plants andguidelines for plant selection at your county University ofGeorgia Extension Service office.(David Berle is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.) Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 19last_img read more

Panicle Hydrangeas

first_imgHydrangea paniculatas must be the showiest plant in the summer garden, and I have affection for all of them. ‘Chantilly Lace’ and ‘Pinky Winky,’ however, have captured my heart, not only in terms of their beauty, but also because of their proclivity to attract pollinators. Here at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, we have several of the leading varieties of what we call the “panicled hydrangeas.” With 51 acres and the hydrangeas spread out, I have not paid that that much attention to any visiting pollinators. Everyone loves them against a backdrop of deep green garden foliage or combined with cottage garden plants like rudbeckias. Bees, butterflies, wasps and giant flies, however, will make you consider adding a little dazzle from ‘Chantilly Lace’ or ‘Pinky Winky’ to the backyard wildlife habitat. If you are not using the panicle hydrangea, why not? They are cold-hardy and recommended from zones 3 through 8 (9). In Savannah, where we push zone 9, they do superbly. This means just about the whole country can grow them.The Hydrangea paniculata, or panicle varieties, are different than the mophead, or French, hydrangea. The leaves are smaller and the quantity of flowers is incredible. The flowers may be 6 to 15 inches long and most are held upright on the plant. You now have a staggering list of choices as far as the size, from those that are diminutive or dwarf to those reaching 10 feet.It seems not one nursery or catalog description mentions pollinators in association with the Hydrangea paniculata. Perhaps this is because most have sterile flowers. If you look at internet images, you will see that there are selections that do seem to attract pollinators. This is an important criterion with many gardeners. These selections, like ‘Chantilly Lace’ or ‘Pinky Winky,’ seem to have an ample quantity of both sterile and fertile blossoms. Though the fertile blossoms are not near as showy, they make up for it in honeybees and other pollinators.Ideal growing conditions include fertile, well-drained soil with morning sun and afternoon shade. In the landscape, plant the hydrangea among other shrubs 72 to 80 inches apart in odd-numbered clusters for a terrific, eye-catching display. To plant your hydrangea, dig the hole two to three times as wide as the rootball, but no deeper, so you can plant it at the same depth it is growing in the container. Apply a good layer of mulch to conserve moisture. Once established, you’ll find your panicle selection is less dependent on water than its big-leafed cousins.Soil pH does not affect the color of the flowers like it does with the blue or pink big-leafed hydrangeas. Any flowers left on the plant do provide winter texture and interest. ‘Chantilly Lace,’ ‘Pinky Winky’ and the other panicle varieties bloom on new wood, so prune in late fall or early spring. A medium pruning that removes one-third to half of the plant size gives a better structure for large blossoms and the new season ahead. Feed your hydrangea in early spring as new growth resumes.Everyone loves hydrangeas, bees and butterflies. Now, with varieties of Hydrangea paniculatas like ‘Chantilly Lace’ and ‘Pinky Winky,’ you can have them all.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. Learn more about the CGBG at www.coastalGeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 22, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for April 22, Earth Day:Missing Hiker Found in VirginiaA hiker missing for almost 24 hours was found alive in Nelson County, Virginia on Sunday. George Carr, 66, was hiking with his Manasses church group around Spy Rock on Sunday when he decided to take an alternate route back to the trail head, separate from the rest of the group. Carr got off the trail, got lost and eventually hunkered down next to a creek as night fell. He was found around 1:40pm on Sunday complaining of a sore knee, but otherwise no worse for wear.Unfortunately, the search for another missing hiker, not seen since November, 2012, is back to square one. Bones discovered over the weekend were determined to not human, so the mystery of what happened to Robert Fitzgerald continues.National Parks WeekThis week is National Parks Week, a joint effort by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to introduce more people to our National Park System. Most people know about the big ones like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Shenandoah, but there are 401 total national parks in the system with over 84 million acres, and 17,000 miles of trail to enjoy. You will also be able to enjoy the national parks for free from Monday, April 22-Friday, April 26, so get out there, enjoy it and spread the word.Gold Nugget of a StoryWe are right in the middle of prime trout fishing season in the East, so this one has some pretty good timing. Outdoor columnist Jim Brewer wrote about the origins of the West Virginia Golden Trout for a piece in the Daily Progress, sharing the interesting story of where this particularly aesthetic strain of trout came from. Turns out, it was a happy accident. A hatchery in West Virginia began cultivating a rainbow trout deviation they theorized were malnourished fingerlings, but was was an odd looking golden color. They nicknamed the fish ‘little camouflage.’ Eventually, the eggs got mixed up and the golden trout got into the standard rainbow population and boom, West Virginia Rainbow Trout.last_img read more

Man Found Dead in Miller Place was ‘Victim of Violence,’ Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man found dead in Miller Place Wednesday appears to have been a “victim of violence,” Suffolk County police said.A man looking for driftwood discovered the body lying on the sand in front of the Miller Beach Surf Club around 4:30 p.m. and notified the authorities, police said.A preliminary investigation by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office found that the man “was a victim of violence,” police said, but authorities didn’t elaborate.A Suffolk County police spokeswoman said Thursday morning that there still wasn’t an update on the victim’s cause of death.Police have yet to identify the victim.The man’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office where a complete autopsy will be performed, police said.Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

How the pandemic is reshaping the future of member service at Tucson FCU

first_imgSince COVID-19 forced Tucson Federal Credit Union($489.2M, Tucson, AZ) to shut its lobbies, the credit union has recorded a sharp jump in remote deposit capture and ITM usage. Now, the Grand Canyon State cooperative is considering how to encourage members to make those behavioral changes permanent.TFCU closed its six branch lobbies on March 18 and started offering appointment-only servicefor new loans, membership, card replacements, notary signings, and cashiers’ checks. For more transactional services, five of the branches have ITM-equipped drive-thrus offering extended hours; a sixth branch located inside a Fry’s Marketplace grocery store offers two ITMs with extended hours for a fleet total of 10 ITMs.The credit union is targeting June 1 for reopening its lobbies, says Krystal Adams, the credit union’s senior vice president of member experience, but that will depend on guidance from the Arizona governor’s office. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Trash from lazy people not beautiful

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion America the beautiful — is it really? Have you looked around lately? All around town, lawns, streets and especially intersections are all littered with garbage. What’s so beautiful about all that trash? It only goes to show how lazy Americans really are. I guess that’s the way of the world now. How sad, and that’s not fake news.Mary RysSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img read more

The euthanasia debate: Death is not a black-and-white issue

first_imgStuff co.nz 24 June 2019Family First Comment: An excellent piece by Amanda Landers (who spoke at our Forum last year) “The answer to bad deaths is not euthanasia. The answer is a better understanding of basic medical ethics, of palliative medicine, of what happens to the body when it is dying, and how to care for  someone at the end of life.”Protect.org.nzOPINION: I get the feeling the general public think death is a black-and-white issue. I cannot think of a subject that has more grey.I trained for 13 years to be a palliative medicine specialist. I attended Otago Medical School, completed advanced training in Australia and New Zealand and have been a specialist for 10 years.Palliative care is multi-disciplinary to match the many dimensions of a person and their family/whanau. I have been dismayed at the attacks on our area of medicine in the media and on the health professionals who dedicate their lives to looking after these vulnerable New Zealanders.In reading social media pages, I have realised there are many misconceptions that have taken root in our community which need weeding out. One of these misconceptions is that euthanasia and withdrawing medical intervention is one and the same.I was asked to see a lady in her 80s with heart failure who lived in a rest home. She was asking her doctor to stop all her heart medication. The woman had discussed it with her daughter who was present and I could see she understood the decision may shorten her life, allowing nature to take its course. I agreed to her request and she thanked me profusely.She said something that changed my practice immensely: “I would not be alive in any other century,” she said. I realised this is true.Withdrawing treatment is legally, ethically and morally her choice. But ultimately she will die of heart failure, not a lethal injection. This is the difference between a natural death and euthanasia.Amanda Landers is a community palliative care physician and a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Otago, ChristchurchREAD MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/euthanasia-debate/113725941/the-euthanasia-debate-death-is-not-a-blackandwhite-issueKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

No panic from Cattermole

first_img Press Association “We went down to QPR and got beaten 1-0 and everything you read in the paper wasn’t great, but we actually dominated them from start to finish. They couldn’t get two passes together. “That was an enjoyable game to play in, even though we got beaten 1-0. We felt we were there all the game, pushing. I know which team I would have wanted to be on. “We’ve got to think about some of the positive performances and not get too downbeat about losing 2-0 to Arsenal. We’ve got to bounce back. “We know how punishing the league is and we’ve got to look to move on as quickly as we can.” Cattermole will run out at Selhurst Park on four bookings for the campaign and knowing a fifth is inevitable sooner or later because of the nature of his game. However, he has worked hard on his discipline and is confident he has made progress. He said: “I’ve played every minute of every game so far, so there’s a good chance I’m going to get booked. “Maybe that would have affected me more when I was younger, but five bookings before December 31 – that’s maybe 18, 19 games. (Calum) Chambers got booked in the first five games of the season (he was booked in five of the first seven league games) without a mention, Jack Wilshere and Jonjo Shelvey missed a game. “There’s been a couple I haven’t been happy with, but it’s part of the game, isn’t it? It’s basically not a problem. “I wouldn’t want to miss a weekend. If I miss a midweek it’s not so bad, but a weekend disrupts your rhythm.” The Black Cats head for Crystal Palace on Monday evening having endured a nightmare fortnight, scoring three own goals in an 8-0 defeat at Southampton and then handing Arsenal a 2-0 victory on a plate at the Stadium of Light last weekend, courtesy of individual errors from Wes Brown and Vito Mannone. As a result, Gus Poyet’s men have slipped into the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three, rekindling memories of last season’s desperate fight for survival. In the meantime, arch-rivals Newcastle have lifted themselves out of the drop zone with victories over Leicester and Tottenham, and booked themselves a place in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals following an unexpected win at Manchester City. Cattermole said: “It can change so quickly – look at Newcastle up the road. That’s football. We’re looking to bounce back on Monday, it’s a massive game for us. “We can’t get too carried away with a couple of bad results. We’ve all been here that many times. We’ve got to cut the errors out. You cut them out and you suddenly make teams beat you. “But it’s a hard thing to do.” Sunderland did just that last season when, having gone into the final six games of the season seemingly doomed to life in the Sky Bet Championship, they managed to draw at Manchester City and win at both Chelsea and Manchester United as they collected 13 of the last 18 points on offer to stay up. While there may be trepidation on the terraces over the club’s current plight, there is a belief within the dressing room that the picture is far from as bleak as that which has been painted, and Cattermole insists the last two games have to be put into perspective. He said: “Results are the big thing but as players, you tend to judge by the performance. We were on the pitch and you feel the way the game was going. Lee Cattermole is urging Sunderland to take a leaf out of Newcastle’s book as they look to bounce back from their self-inflicted wounds.last_img read more

Vinales Takes Pole Position from Espargaro for San Marino MotoGP

first_imgMisano Adriatic: Spanish rider Maverick Viñales of Yamaha snatched pole position from his compatriot Pol Espargaro of KTM ahead of the San Marino MotoGP. Espargaro finished the second qualifying round in the second spot ahead of one of the race favorites, Vinales’ teammate Fabio Quartararo of France on Saturday, reports Efe news.“KTM and Pol Espargaro are denied a historic maiden pole as Vinales takes his first pole since Qatar!” MotoGP posted to Twitter. “I feel really good… I feel good on the bike, I am riding, I am trying to make my best,” Vinales said.The fierce competition between Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi of Italy in the last Q2 flying lap did not end in favor of either of them. Marquez finished in the fifth spot following Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli of Italy, while Rossi was placed seventh. IANSAlso Read: Indian tennis ace Sumit Nagal reaches final of Banja Luka ChallengerAlso Watch:Thukubil Satra in Charaideo observed ‘Buka Bhaona’last_img read more

Albion CCCC to put cricketers first, not be caught in political spats – says Walter

first_imgTHE Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC) will put the interest of the club and its cricketers first and not support political agendas of any cricket board or individuals. President of the club, Vemen Walter, in a recent statement noted that the club is open to engage both Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Berbice Cricket Board (BCB). He added that Albion will be fair and will listen to what both parties bring to the table.Walter said that stemming from a recent meeting the executives decided that they will not compromise where representation of their cricketers is concerned. The long-serving official noted that the onus is on clubs to take a proactive stand.“Members of the Albion Community Centre Cricket Club (ACCCC) are of the firm view that as a key stakeholder in Guyana’s Cricket, the Club cannot just sit back and accept whatever is offered by BCB and GCB which most of the time is to the detriment to the club and its cricketers. We will continue to call a spade a spade and will not get entangled with any cricket politics.”“The club would be very transparent in its delivery. The Club would like to inform the general public that it has no intention to be involved in any secret engagement(s) with any individual(s) or cricket board(s), as is currently being peddled. The club also would like to make it quite clear that it will engage the media via press releases as the need arises.”The club was also expected to brief the media on the “surprise omission” of several of their U-15 players from the Berbice team.last_img read more