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May 17, 2003

Preparing Soil for Daphne

The scent of daphne in spring is one of a
gardener's great pleasures. Daphne is reputed to be difficult to grow,
but Walter explains that the key is good soil drainage. He shows how to
mix a special recipe of 1 part clay, 2 parts soil conditioner, and 1
part gritty sand to establish a planting spot guaranteed to make any
daphne happy.

Pruning Apple & Peach Trees

Fruit trees are pruned in dramatically
different ways, depending on their natural form. The first pruning cut
can seem severe, because it is usually just a few feet from the ground
after a small tree is planted. Dr. Mark Reiger, horticulturist with
UGA's College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, draws the
proper form for peaches (an open center) and apples (a central leader)
to demonstrate where to prune. Walter shows some mature fruit trees as
examples of the proper forms the trees should have after a few years of

Pruning Confederate Rose

The Confederate rose is really not what it
says it is. It's really a hibiscus. Nonetheless, this deciduous shrub
delights gardeners each fall with its flowers, which emerge white in
the morning and change to red by afternoon. Walter explains why the
dead stems must be removed each spring and shows the emerging foliage
that will soon grow into a large shrub by late summer.

Baptisia – An Armitage Favorite

Dr. Allan Armitage, of the College of
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, oversees a trial garden for
annual and perennial plants at the University of Georgia. He certainly
could be expected to have favorites among the plants he sees and
evaluates. Baptisia, also known as false indigo, is one of those
favorites. Join Walter's visit with Dr. Armitage as he describes this
fine plant for sunny landscapes and how it played an important role in
the early settlement of Georgia.