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November 22, 2003

Flowers for a Cutting Garden

Many people envision growing flowers to bring indoors and beautify
their home. But, which flowers are best for this purpose? Nicole
Gamble, Floral Designer at The Gardens at Callaway, took time to walk
with Walter through her large cutting garden at Callaway to show him
which plants are best for indoor flower arrangements.

Another Armitage Favorite – Sunflowers

Tall ones, short ones, red ones, purple ones... if you
thought you knew all about sunflowers, well, think again! Walter gave
you a teaser by showing you some sunflowers at the close of last
Saturday's show. Well, this week, he digs a little deeper. Dr. Allan
Armitage of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at
the University of Georgia shows Walter some new sunflowers, different
from the traditional varieties, which are great for sunny landscapes.

Air Layering

An heirloom azalea, hydrangea or other woody plant is easy
to propagate by a technique called "air layering". Hank Bruno, Trails
Manager at The Gardens at Callaway, shows Walter how to wound an azalea
limb, dust it with rooting hormone, and cover it with damp sphagnum
moss and air-tight plastic to propagate the plant. Roots will form in
three months, and this rooted plant can be clipped free from the mother
plant and potted up for growing until strong enough to be planted in
yours or a friend's garden.

Visions of a Small Garden Plot?

If you have visions of a small vegetable garden but are afraid
you don't have enough space, your local Cooperative Extension Service
office has a free pamphlet just for you. Dr. Wayne McLaurin has
authored "Small Garden Plan for Georgia" detailing how you can grow
plenty of edibles in a spot only 25' by 50'. Contact your local
Extension Service office for your personal copy.