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July-August 2011
Publication of Orangeburg County Master Gardeners
Special Edition of Master Gardener Favorites
My favorite hybrid tea roseOpening Night
This Summer:
Want to help with weeding
at Edisto Gardens? If you
are interested please call
Jay Hiers at 533-8851 to let
him know you can
come. Please also let Morgan know.
There is a Farmer’s Market
on Fridays from 10 AM to 2
PM at the Family Health
Center at 3310 Magnolia St.
The Grand Opening is July
15, and volunteers are
needed to help with an MG
tent. Please call Morgan.
….just like you and many
others, we could go on and
on listing our favorites...we are looking with
great interest to see what
everyone really loves in the
The Loquat Tree
Nina Taylor
Eriobotrya japonica, a native of China, also known as Japanese
plum, is a low maintenance evergreen ornamental tree having large
dark green leathery leaves with serrated margins. An attractive
addition to the home landscape, Loquats reach a height of 10-15
feet, bear clusters of small fragrant blooms in winter, and produce
exotic fruits opening to a rich orange color in late spring. The
Loquat is similar to peach or citrus yet distinctly its own. Bees
love the blooms, birds are fond of the fruit, and it has become one
of my favorites.
The highly perishable fruit is never seen in markets. However, I
have often found it on the salad bar at Chinese restaurants. It is
high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, and potassium.
I was fortunate to have access recently to a Loquat tree loaded with
fruit. After much tedious work removing the large seeds, two
gallons of fruit yielded six pints of jam. There are many recipes
for Loquat jam on the internet. The one I used called for 6 cups of
God and Lawn Care
GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens
and nature. What in the world is going on
down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago? I had
a perfect no-maintenance garden plan.
Those plants grow in any type of soil,
withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting
blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees
and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of
colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.
ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The
Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers 'weeds'
and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them
with grass.
GOD: Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't
attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod
worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great
pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring
by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops
up in the lawn.
GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make
grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites
ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows
a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.
GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?
ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up
and put it in bags.
GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell
ST. FRANCIS: No Sir, just the opposite. They pay to
throw it away.
GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so
loquats seeded and chopped, 5 cups
of sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 1/2
tbsp. butter (to prevent foaming) and
a package of fruit pectin: process in
sterilized jars according to standard
canning practices.
In the second batch, I used a small
of orange jello and some orange
zest instead of the fruit pectin. It
was a little thinner but more
colorful and tasted much like
orange marmalade.
After all that work, these will
surely be saved for special occasions and Christmas gifts!
Kenneth Buck
it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to
throw it away?
ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.
GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer
when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That
surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.
ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When
the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay
more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and
pay to get rid of it.
GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees.
That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The
trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade
in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form
a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the
trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.
ST. FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites
have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake
them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.
GOD: No!? What do they do to protect the shrub and tree
roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?
ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out
and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home
and spread it around in place of the leaves.
GOD: And where do they get this mulch?
ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to
make the mulch.
GOD: Enough! I don't want to think
about this anymore. St. Catherine,
you're in charge of the arts. What
movie have you scheduled for us
ST. CATHERINE: 'Dumb and
Dumber', Lord. It's a story about....
GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard
the whole story from St. Francis.
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Tommy & Vonnie Bozard
We could go on and on….
Heirloom tomatoes are my favorite! I
love to browse through seed catalogs
every winter and choose packs of seed
that will challenge me for the next several months! My garden consists only
of tomatoes as they are they one plant
I truly make time for. I love everything
about them—the colors, flavors, and
shapes! Nothing gives me more satisfaction than watching my tomatoes go
from seeds to huge, loaded down
plants to a delicious tomato pie! I have
Linda McGannon to thank for giving me
my first heirloom tomato plants! Now
I’m hooked!
Vinca (Periwinkle) - This is a favorite because they do
really well in full sun and will bloom their hearts out until
frost. Plant them in mid to late May, fertilize well with 10
-10-10 making sure it’s mixed into the soil. Plant them
on about 12 to 16 inch centers. If using different colors
make sure to add some white ones also because they
make the whole bed really stand out.
Impatiens – You can’t go wrong with impatiens which I
like to plant for summer. They like early morning sun
and all afternoon shade with lots of water. Fertilize as
you normally would. Plant the same way as Vincas and
enjoy until frost. They stay mound-like and get bigger
and bigger as summer goes along.
Camellias – Camellias are our favorite. The early bloomers do well as they bloom before the cold winter sets in.
Usually we have some warmer spells during Dec., Jan. and
Feb. when the mid to late bloomers burst with beautiful
blooms, lifting spirits and putting winter gloom behind
Pentas – Also called Butterfly Pentas these plants are a joy
because they love to do good in containers or in the ground
in beds. They are great hummingbird and butterfly attractors and flower from spring through autumn. They love
full sun in moist, well drained soil. Organic matter added is
an extra plus if you can. Even though they love moist soil,
they will thrive in even dry conditions if you ask them to. I
always love to put them in a bed at the church because you
can count on them. Mulch to conserve moisture and deadhead to keep them blooming. Enjoy the show.
Purple Fountain grass – This is an annual beautiful burgundy grass that adds interest in the middle to back of any
bed. It loves sun or part shade and will wow you with the
gracefully arching purple plumes with long beige fuzzy
ends. I love to watch it blow in the breeze, but I also love to
use it for height and accent in flower arrangements. They
get between 4 to 5 feet in total height—a wonderful eye
Named Favorites from Favorite Master Gardeners!
My favorite plants are my hydrangeas. I have several different colors. They’re always blooming during the month of June which coincides with the Sundays I’m responsible for putting flowers in the church. They’re so easy to arrange even I can do it! I also love planting yarrow, Shasta daisies, zinnias, and black-eyed susans. I’m able
to keep fresh cut casual flower arrangements all summer long. My favorite vegetable is sweet corn. I’ve put up 12 quart bags for corn pies so far and hope to do more.
Nancy Whetstone
My favorite perennial is the daylily. There are so many varieties and colors available that bloom in spring and fall. The daylily requires no special care, can withstand dry conditions and they come back every year. They like a sunny location and are very inexpensive to purchase
Martha Garrick
How can you choose a favorite summer plant? Bush form Lantana is absolutely amazing in our yard. It is a butterfly magnet. Gladiolus would have to
be my favorite bulb. Roses are magnificent in whatever shape or form. My favorite probably being "fragrant plum". However my favorite of all time would
have to be the gardenia. On my Nana and Grandpa's first date he brought her a gardenia blossom. My mom had gardenia's at her wedding. Their scent always brings back memories of visiting my grandparents for the summer. It is the one plant I have tried to grow in my yard to no avail. You just have to love
a gardenia.
Amanda Avildsen
My favorite flower is the old timey red spider lily that you see in the yards from many years past/or along sides of the road growing willy nilly in late
summer /early fall. It has no leaves to speak of, is lovely grouped in a vase as a cut flower but impossible to find in plant nurseries . Anyone have
any growing that they are willing to divide for sale? I'd be interested! Once they have completed their bloom, they "disappear"! Janet Whetstone
Herb Bradley’s June Favorites
Linda McGannon’s Favorite Picks!
Goose Creek tomatoes
-in pots
Tiff blue blueberriesso sweet
Variegated lacecap hydrangea
Cardinal plant
Bold Angel daylilly
(planted in March)
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Mary Crawford’s Garden of Favorites
Hostas and ferns
Hydrangeas—pink, blue, oak leaf, and...Charlie!
Kay Williams has a Few Favorites!
Oriental Lilies , especially Casa Blanca and Stargazer Lilies, have to head my list of favorites. I have quite a few in
pots and beds... and even in my vegetable garden. Having been a florist earlier in my life, I found that these lilies are
marvelous to work with in arrangements. They are fragrant and long lasting. The best part is that while they are expensive at your local florist (due to low availability) they are super simple to grow in your yard. Plant them in the Fall
just as you would any other bulb and stand back. In June, when you take flowers to your friends, they will think you
are a Master Gardener !
And they look beautiful with
Kay’s hydrangeas!
Gertrude Jekyll said, "The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies."
Bess Hill
In My Beach Yard…
Oenothera drummondii
Beach evening primrose prefers poor sandy soil and baking sun. I
couldn’t pick just one that I like the best. This one hadn’t been
mentioned yet and is one of my favorites, since they pop up at
random in our beach yard. It took some time, with me standing
in front of them, for Sugar to mow around not over them. He
recognizes the foliage as well as the flowers now. We enjoy this
primrose blooming most of the summer.
Bess Hill
Orangeburg County Master Gardeners
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Still can’t decide? Try this!
Kay Williams
A Great Day Was Had by All
fascinating. Plants were individually watered from above and flooded
from below. They were deadheaded both by machine and by hand.
Morgan sent out an email asking if any of the Master Gardeners They were fed during every watering. They were periodically sprayed
for those dreaded insects that we all have. It was gardening on a very,
would like to take a tour of the Metrolina Greenhouses in
very, grand scale.
Huntersville, North Carolina. Herb Bradley, who has been
working closely with the manager at Lowes in Orangeburg, had
made a contact with one of Metrolina’s representatives. I don’t
Fortunately, even though it was supposed to be a walking tour, we
think any of us had an idea how spectacular the tour would be.
were able to ride in a golf cart with our tour guide who was one of 15
growers, each of whom supervise an entire greenhouse. I, for one
was eternally grateful because it was hot! Hot though it was, we got
Herb Bradley, Linda McGannon, Amanda Avildson, and I set
quite an education on growing annual plants from seeds and plugs.
out for greenhouses unknown early on May 26. When we
The trip added a world of knowledge to our Master Gardener experiarrived, we were like kids in a candy store. You can imagine
Master Gardeners seeing 145 acres of annual plants for the
first time.
Next time Morgan sends an email suggesting a tour, drop what you
are doing and join the entourage. Our foursome will be ready to go
To give you a few facts, Metrolina produces plants for Lowes
and Wal-Mart. They started as a family run business. There
were 16 children and they all went into the horticulture business
in some form or another all over the United States. This particular operation started with 4 acres and is now 145 acres and
Of course, all we could talk about on the ride home was what
we had seen. We decided the propagation area was on the top
of our list. We watched as they mechanically put the seeds into
a very fine medium and then covered them with vermiculite.
Then the flats were put in a dark, 70 degree environment for 3
days. The overall process only got more interesting for the next
two and one half hours.
Amanda suggested we call the TV show, Modern Marvels, and
recommend they do a segment on the whole process, it was so
Linda McGannon, Amanda Avildsen, and Herb Bradley in front of
Metrolina Greenhouses. (Photo taken by Kay Williams)
Many thanks to all our Master
Gardeners who shared some of their
favorites for this special edition of
“As the Garden Grows” I hope it
will show you how easy it is to
contribute to this ongoing newsletter. Our goal is to inform, entertain, and share with each of us the
gardening information available
within our Master Gardener community. So please continue to
submit favorites throughout the
year—there is always a spot for
that special flower, fruit, shrub,
tree, grass or story!
Linda McGannon