‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’

first_imgIt’s been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot at the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrubs.” I am referring to ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight,’ a selection of the native Walter’s viburnum. At the gardens we have viburnums from China, India and Japan, but this small, compact native is one that has to be the ideal bones and structure plant of any garden.Botanically speaking, this little workhorse is Viburnum obovatum. It is native in four Southeast states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Though it is native to the South, it is cold hardy through zone 6. In the wild, the species may look like a tall shrub or small tree, reaching 12 to 15 feet in height. But ‘Mrs. Schillers Delight,’ introduced by nurseryman Steve Reifler in Florida, made a huge impact not only on the landscape trade, but on the nursery industry as well.‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ reaches about 3 feet tall and is slightly wider. Ours are covered with white flowers that cause everyone to jump out of the car with the camera blazing. Every week I hear from my son who bemoans issues with boxwoods and, like the V8 beverage commercial I think, “Wow, you could have had a ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight.’” The same goes for me, because while we have lost dozens of dwarf yaupon hollies in our formal garden due to various water issues, we have only lost ‘Mrs. Schillers Delight’ viburnums to reckless drivers.In Savannah, Georgia, ours are pretty much evergreen, but in colder areas, they tend to be semievergreen to deciduous. We grow ours in the sweltering hot sun, adjacent to the parking lot and our visitor and education center, but they are very tolerant of shadier locations in the landscape. The white flowers will give way to fruit that ages from red to purple to black and is devoured by birds.As you might guess by the native region, they do prefer acidic soils, much like the azalea. Though they are found in the wild in moist, almost bog-like conditions, they will thrive in fertile soil and become quite drought tolerant once established. Though I have facetiously touted them as the parking lot plant, they certainly have a lot of landscape potential. We’ve clustered them around the taller, conical-shaped oak-leaf hollies and at the base of palms. We are using them in partnership with podocarpus or Japanese yew and surround them with seasonal color. The ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ viburnum is a very versatile plant and, while the birds may love the fruit, you may want to celebrate the fact that the plant itself is not normally on the local deer menu.Spring planting season is arriving early in much of the country, and when it shows up in your area, consider using this little, native selection as a foundation plant for your home. You will find it easy to grow, requiring practically no maintenance, and you’ll be rewarded with a blanket of welcoming, white flowers next year. Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more

Exclusive – Plenty more like Alli, Stones and Hart in lower leagues, insists Ian Holloway

first_img1 Ian Holloway has told talkSPORT there is a plethora of untapped talent in the lower leagues waiting to become the next Dele Alli, John Stones, Joe Hart or Jamie Vardy.The former Blackpool and Millwall boss joined the Colin Murray show on Wednesday to chat about his upcoming 1,400-mile tour to cover ten Football League games in ten days, and the manager insists there isn’t a greater time to be watching the lesser tiers of English football.A host of the Premier League’s top stars and rising starlets have been plucked from outside the top echelon over the years, including England number one Hart and more recently Everton’s Stones, Tottenham’s Alli and Leicester striker Vardy.The latter trio have all been rewarded for their meteoric rise with a call-up into senior England squad, while Alli starred with a stunning goal on his full Three Lions debut in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over France at Wembley.On the 19-year-old’s recent rise, Holloway told the Colin Murray show: “Dele Alli – what an advert for the Football League!“This time last year he was playing for MK Dons in League One, and how lucky are Tottenham and England to have him now?“He was great against France, crunching tackles and a great finish, but it’s not just him.“John Stones has been brilliant and he started at Rochdale, and Manchester City signed Joe Hart from Shrewsbury.“These players were created in the Football League.”It’s a view mirrored by England manager Roy Hodgson, who was full of praise for Alli and Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier who impressed in their first England starts on Tuesday.“Here we have two guys both of whom have little or very little Premier League experience – both of them making their [full England] debut and they have played the game like they have been playing in the England team as long as we can remember,” the manager said following the emotional victory over France, which saw England players and fans pay tribute to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.“It just proves the point that I try to make – that there is talent out there in the country coming through and if we can just keep it nurtured, keep working with it and given them the confidence and the belief in themselves we can hope in the future for maybe some better things.” England celebrate Dele Alli’s goal against France last_img read more


first_imgStranorlar Sinn Fein has selected Convoy man Liam Doherty (35) as their second Candidate for the upcoming Local Elections.The selection convention took place this evening in Ballybofey, Doherty was selected uncontested by his Sinn Fein Colleagues.The event was chaired by former Councillor, Cora Harvey and the convention was addressed by Pearse Doherty TD. Speaking at the Convention Mr Doherty a native of Convoy said: “I am delighted to have been selected by my party colleagues to contest the local elections for Sinn Fein and hopefully will be the Party’s representative for the people of the Stranorlar Electoral Area on Donegal County Council come May 23rd along with Cllr Gary Doherty.“I have been overwhelmed by the endorsement I have received from my party colleagues and from people on the ground when I decided I would let my name go forward for convention.“Having been a member of Sinn Fein for the past 15 years, I have been on the ground and worked hard, – I think I have shown that I am up for the challenge and not afraid to roll up my sleeves. The time has now come for me to step forward.“I have been a strong community and political activist over the past 15 years, I know the issues on the ground, I have seen firsthand the poverty and desperation of people around me in my own community, I see the unfinished estates and the plight the people have to endure, I have travelled on sub standard roads and have sat in cold council houses – were the local council cannot afford to put in back boilers or change the windows, I have seen the pollution of our rivers and poor water quality, I have said goodbye to friends at the airport, I have watch hardworking men being forced to sign on the dole, see elderly people afraid in their homes and I see our Health system dwindle before our eyes. “I can’t personally fix all of this, but I understand, and I know Sinn Fein cares and I know Sinn Fein have solutions and I want to help Sinn Fein to implement these solutions. As Booby Sands once said no part is too small to play. This is my part now and if elected on May 23rd I can guarantee that I will do the best I can, representing the people will be my number 1 priority and will build Sinn Fein along the way.“I am looking forward to the election we have 6 seats to fill in Stranorlar and I am confident that we – Sinn Fein will be on 2 of those seats“I believe this is our time, our Dail representatives are the best in the Country and we need to be the best in the County. The people deserve better, the people deserve Sinn Fein”.Deputy Pearse Doherty addressing the convention acknowledged the hard work that Liam had done for the party and for his own community over the years and thanked him for taking up the election challenge.Deputy Doherty said: “I have known Liam for a long time and know his work ethic and his dedication, he is a true republican and rooted in his community. Liam is a true gentleman and the people of the Stranorlar area are very fortunate to have the calibre of Liam willing to represent them, one thing is for sure, whatever needs to be done Liam will do it, I have every faith in him and wish him the best of luck. Deputy Doherty concluded: “Sinn Fein have never been stronger in this area, the people will now have 2 Sinn Fein Councillors post May 23rd, this will be historic and this is achievable and together we can make this happen. The people need Sinn Fein and we need them so let’s put our shoulder to the wheel and get the people a solid Doherty voice in the Finn Valley.”SINN FÉIN SELECT CONVOY MAN TO RUN FOR COUNCIL was last modified: February 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

De Beers to mine Atlantic waters

first_img30 April 2007Diamond mining giant De Beers has launched the deep-water mining vessel, the Peace in Africa, to operate off the Namaqualand coast in the Northern Cape, where it will remain for two years.The Business Report stated on Sunday that the R1.2-billion vessel could be the key to new wealth for the mining company, which told them the project offers the prospect of “good quality and profitable” diamond production, making a vital contribution to the South African economy.According to the paper, the Orange River discharges an estimated 60.4-million tons of sediment annually and De Beers hopes to track down the diamonds that have been flowing into the sea with the Peace in Africa.Mining starts in June and the vessel is expected to have an operating lifespan of 30 years, producing about 240 000 carats of diamonds per year. According to the paper, the ship has a crew of 60 carrying out 12-hour shifts, staying at sea for 28 days then taking 28 days leave.“Should results from this marine mining operation exceed expectations, we will certainly be considering additional vessels,” De Beers’s managing director David Noko told Business Report.The vessel is equipped with a large remote-operated undersea crawler and has on-board diamond recovery treatment, enabling it to reach areas where divers cannot operate safely.The drill and the sea crawler loosen the seabed sediments, which are then airlifted or pumped to the vessel for processing.Project manager Glenn Black told Moneyweb that the launching of the vessel was a landmark achievement for De Beers, which was already using similar crawling technology to mine for diamonds off the coast of Namibia.Moneyweb states the exploration site is exceptional in that 95% of the diamonds being found are expected to be of gem quality.He added that the company was excited that it was contributing to socio-economic improvement and boosting employment in the impoverished Richtersveld are of the Northern Cape.“It is a significant achievement for De Beers as it took us a number of years to build confidence on the project,” he said.Mining Weekly further reported last week that the company is to turn Port Nolloth into a marine mining hub servicing the area, by spending some R6-million on replacing the jetty crane, repairing the jetty surface and pedestrian walkways and providing additional security.De Beers’s supply chain general manager Wim van Vliet said that the facility service and support De Beers Marine’s vessels in Namibia and South Africa.Northern Cape Premier Dipuo Peters told Mining Weekly that need to develop engineering, technological and project management skills to take full advantage of the province’s natural resources.“This is an opportunity to turn around the fortunes and image through diamonds in the Northern Cape,” she said.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Facebook Videos Now Viewable on iPhone

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#mobile#web marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces When the popular iPhone application for Facebook got a dramatic refresh last summer, lead designer Joe Hewitt said that the inability to view Facebook videos was a real disappointment. This weekend that changed, and Facebook iPhone users now have a very nice experience viewing videos on their mobile devices.A quiet update to the application on Friday fixed a number of small bugs but the biggest change was the introduction of video. Facebook sees 2 billion video views each month, which is the same number YouTube sees every single day. This Spring Facebook began displaying native Facebook videos full-screen on the iPad, by switching to h264 encoded video files when appropriate. A Facebook spokesperson didn’t tell us what the technical implementation was in the new version of the iPhone app, but did point to a number of ways that users can now find the videos. Included in the drop-down of Newsfeed viewing options is a new link to see all the videos uploaded by your contacts. If you haven’t subscribed to Nicholas Kristof on Facebook, now could be a good time. His 5 minute-long videos uploaded to the social network are a great way to get a quick education about the world. Geek Exploration TV? Perfect for Facebook mobile. Heck, I just watched a Facebook video from George W. Bush on my iPhone!Most of the videos in my stream are of babies doing (ostensibly) cute things. Millions of people will now be able to view videos from friends and family on their phones, as well. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Rep Alexander commends House on achievements in first six months

first_img24Jul Rep. Alexander commends House on achievements in first six months Alexander also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure, Local Government and Education Reform committees. ##### Legislator eager to continue improving life for Michiganderscenter_img State Rep. Julie Alexander today said the House of Representatives has made significant progress on legislative goals established in the Action Plan, which was introduced in February.Alexander, of Hanover, said the Legislature has made great strides in areas important to people in Jackson County. That includes a legislative package approved unanimously by the House to subject the governor, lieutenant governor and Legislature to open government requirements.“Michigan is only one of two states that shield the executive and legislative branches from open records laws,” Alexander said. “We passed landmark legislation that subjects the executive branch to the Freedom of Information Act and creates transparency requirements for the Legislature under the Legislative Open Records Act. People deserve to know how government is using the tax dollars entrusted to us, and these bills achieve that.”Alexander, who serves as vice chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said the House is making agriculture a priority as well.“We have passed legislation that reduces needless regulations that hinder farmers from being successful,” Alexander said. “We have also passed tax reforms, protecting hard-working agriculture families from unfair taxation.”Alexander also noted the House has been laser focused on passing skilled trades training measures that enable young adults to follow an educational path to career and technical jobs.“These are high-paying jobs that are in demand across the state,” Alexander said. “Limiting students to college preparatory classes in high school is a short-sighted approach. We are working to match skill sets to available jobs, and not everyone is cut out for a college education.Other accomplishments by the House during the first six months of the current session include:A 2017-18 budget that provides record funding for Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges. In addition, legislation also has been approved to strengthen warranties so repaired roadways last longer. The budget includes $35 million for the Michigan Infrastructure Fund to be used to address the state’s water, transportation, energy and communications infrastructure.Governing courageously by forcing state government to live within its means. Just like families in Michigan, we have tightened our belt and produced a leaner budget that makes the best use of the money taxpayers entrust to the Legislature.Thriving through freedom by lessening government regulations to help improve people’s lives. Many of the needless or outdated regulations that present a roadblock to success and economic growth have been eliminated by the Legislature.An increase in revenue sharing for local communities including cities, villages and townships, totaling over $6 million. This will allow continued and effective police, fire and medical services locally. Categories: Alexander News,Newslast_img read more