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Deodar Cedar

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first_imgJust over four years ago, I wrote an article titled “Deodar Cedar, simply unbeatable in the winter landscape.” That still holds true, but I would like to suggest a new title: “‘Patti Faye’ deodar cedar, simply unbeatable in the landscape.”Every day, as I come into the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, and as I leave, I watch ‘Patti Faye,’ which is the most unbelievable Christmas-tree-shaped conifer for the Southern garden. I’ll admit I have been partial to the Japanese fir, Abies firma, as the most exquisite Christmas tree for the South, but not anymore.The heritage of ‘Patti Faye’ is connected to Afghanistan, but ‘Patti Faye’ is really a Southern girl from Mobile, Alabama. In 2000, Ralph Rushing discovered a group of seedlings and he named it after his wife, Patti. When you have a classic conifer with outstanding performances in places like Mobile and Savannah, you know it’s a keeper.‘Patti Faye’ is cold hardy through zone 7, which represents a wide swath of the country. If you live in a colder zone, you may want to try the ‘Shalimar’ deodar cedar, which is known for its extra cold-hardiness. ‘Patti Faye,’ however, has stolen my heart with its blue needles and horizontal branching habit.Most deodar cedars have pendulous branching that is ever so graceful, but this is what makes ‘Patti Faye’ so incredible. Also called the “Himalayan cedar,” the deodar cedar does have the ability to reach 40 to 50 feet with a 30-foot spread.Conifers, or cone-bearing trees or shrubs, are the ones that stand out when everything else goes brown or dormant. They are so important to the winter landscape and give us that needed evergreen structure. Of course, with ‘Patti Faye,’ this foliage or needles are steel blue.Deodars are still mostly sold generically, which is OK, but keep your eyes open for the named selections like ‘Patti Faye;’ ‘Aurea,’ which is smaller, reaching to 30 feet and has golden yellow new foliage; and ‘Pendula,’ which has long, weeping branches and grows no taller than 10 feet. Don’t forget ‘Shalimar,’ which was released by the Arnold Arboretum and is known for superior cold hardiness for landscapes in zone 6.Another variety we have in the garden that is a most pleasant surprise is ‘Snow Sprite.’ This variety is a dwarf, weeping type that seems like it would be happier farther north. Its origination is Vancouver, Canada, but it has done wonderfully in Savannah. This white-tipped deodar cedar reaches 4 to 6 feet in colder climates after 10 years, but we have reached that in less than four years in Savannah. I expect the weeping characteristics will now become more pronounced.Deodar cedars are fairly fast growing for the first decade or two, reaching as high as 30 feet in the first 10 years. I think it is most beautiful at this stage. Between years 10 and 20, it will slowly broaden at the top. Older specimens generally show some top dieback, but don’t let this keep you from experiencing 10 to 20 years of deodar cedar heaven in your landscape.Deodar cedars perform best in full sun and are drought tolerant once established. This tree likes well-drained locations. Most deodar cedar cultivars will grow into large, handsome specimens that need plenty of room. You’ll want these in the back of a large landscape so they can be seen in their entirety. Otherwise, choose a variety for that perfect spot in your landscape. Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more

Video Clips of the Week: Mountain Biking, Kayaking, and Fishing Stereotypes

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first_imgThis week’s Clips of the Week starts with a throwback. If you haven’t seen this mountain biking video before, you’re in for a treat. Check it out:This is probably illegal, and most likely going to ruin the bottom of your kayak, but it’s undeniably awesome. Something tells us these guys know how to party:Everyone knows someone that fits these stereotypes, even if it’s yourself:last_img

Boost your brand with event ATMs

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first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Branding is about much more than just a company logo; it is about communication with consumers and the surrounding community. Brand reflects how we differentiate from competitors and startups. Consequently, brand awareness is one of the most vital points of marketing strategy. According to research, consumers that recognize a brand are more likely to see it as a familiar, dependable and safe option.Every brand strategy should have consumer awareness at its center. Branding event ATMs is affordable, can create a positive experience for fair and festival goers, and can expose the brand to a large number of consumers at one time in one place. Bank customers and credit union members will appreciate being able to perform surcharge-free transactions, and this type of branding can lead to loyal and dedicated accountholders that will turn to the sponsoring credit union for their banking needs.Here are three ways to use event ATMs to help boost your brand exposure:1.    Provide accountholder perks. Consumers, especially millennials, approach banking with a “what’s in it for me” mentality. If a credit union offers surcharge-free ATM transactions a community event, members have convenient access to cash and may recognize the credit union’s good will. In addition to strengthening the loyalty of existing accountholders, it also advertises membership perks to non-members. continue reading »last_img read more

Monday Storm Could Drop 6 to 8 Inches of Snow on Long Island

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first_imgPost by US National Weather Service New York NY. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After a quiet—and mostly dry—winter, it appears Mother Nature has finally woken up from a prolonged slumber. Long Island could get hit with up to 8 inches of snow Sunday night and through Monday afternoon, forecasters said. The white stuff wouldn’t start falling until after 11 p.m., potentially more than an hour after the Super Bowl has ended—good news for football fans enjoying the big game away from home. Both Nassau and Suffolk counties will be under a winter storm watch starting Sunday evening and lasting through Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Upton said. Temperatures will be in the mid 20s to mid 30s and wind gusts could top off at 35 mph, forecasters said. There is also a chance for snow mixing with freezing rain and sleet Monday, forecasters said. The weather service said the wintry conditions could make traveling dangerous. Forecasters have been tracking a low pressure system coming from the west, and there previously was some uncertainty as to what type of precipitation Long Island would see. But as of now snow seems more likely, forecasters said. The system will “be taking a track south of Long Island Sunday night into Monday, and depending on how far north that center of low pressure gets will determine how much of a wintry mix we are going to get on Long Island,” said John Murray, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. The potential storm comes just days after Long Island, particularly the East End, was battered with up to 30 inches of snow. The snowfall in this storm won’t be as significant, however. No wintry weather is expected this weekend, but it will be brutally cold, especially at night. Saturday’s forecast calls for sunny skies and blustery conditions with the wind chill making it feel like 5 degrees, forecasters said. The deep freeze will continue into Sunday, with wind chill values between 10 and 20 degrees, forecasters said.last_img read more

Nagorno-Karabakh: Protesters in Armenia condemn ‘treacherous’ peace

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first_img– Advertisement – According to Armenian reports, 79 people were detained and protesters began heading towards government headquarters. Some of the protesters said the prime minister should have consulted the people before agreeing a peace deal, accusing him of breaching the constitution, a BBC correspondent in Yerevan reports.last_img

Ukraine reports avian flu; Indonesian death was H5N1

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first_imgDec 5, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Ukraine has joined the ranks of Asian and Eurasian countries reporting the H5 strain of avian influenza in poultry, according to weekend news reports, and Indonesia’s eighth death from H5N1 has been confirmed.UkraineDomestic chickens and geese in Crimea died suddenly Friday, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported. The agency stated the number of birds at 1,500; a Bloomberg story gives the number as 2,500. The birds were in small villages on the Crimean Peninsula, which extends into the Black Sea in southern Ukraine.Tests have identified the cause as the H5 avian flu virus, but test results on samples sent to British and Italian laboratories are needed to determine whether the culprit is the H5N1 strain that is of international concern for its potential to cause a flu pandemic.Ukraine will use napalm to dispose of the birds’ carcasses, according to a Bloomberg story. Several tons of the agent were reportedly sent to Crimea. The birds died with “lightning speed,” with no signs of infection, a Crimean veterinary official told Bloomberg.The affected villages as well as areas within 3 kilometers were placed under quarantine, and all poultry in that area were to be destroyed, Agriculture Minister Olexander Baranivsky told Agence France-Presse (AFP). Live poultry sales have been banned.Pyotr Verbitsky, chief veterinary inspector in Ukraine, said the outbreak was near Sivash saltwater lake, along the migratory route of millions of migratory birds from Asia, according to AFP.IndonesiaThe 25-year-old woman who died late in Jakarta late last week has been confirmed by a World Health Organization (WHO)–affiliated laboratory in Hong Kong as having H5N1 avian influenza, says a Reuters report. That puts the number of deaths in Indonesia at eight, although at this writing the case has not yet been added to the WHO official numbers.The total number of confirmed human cases of H5N1 stands at 133, and the number of deaths, including this newly confirmed fatality, stands at 69.RomaniaIn other developments, Romanian officials confirmed yesterday that H5 avian flu had been confirmed in birds in Cioacile, a town in the eastern part of the country. The town is under quarantine, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua. This constitues the fourth outbreak in Romania since last Thursday. Samples from the infected birds are being sent to a laboratory in England for subtyping. Reuters reported that 8,000 birds were being culled in the area.VietnamA Reuters story today says that more than 900 ducks and chickens have died in the Cao Bang province of Vietnam, about 270 kilmeters north of Hanoi, and that close to 4,000 birds there have been destroyed. The cause was identified as H5 avian flu, but the subtype was not reported. The area borders the southern Chinese province of Guangxi.last_img read more

Teesland and Sterling sort £10m Mail deal

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Onyekuru leaves Galatasaray after Monaco turn down loan extension

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first_img The Nigerian forward returned to Turkey for his second loan stint with the Lions in January after struggling to cement regular playing time in his debut campaign in France. Following his return to Fatih Terim’s team, Onyekuru boosted Galatasaray’s charge to defend the Super Lig crown with a contribution of an assist and a goal which sealed their 3-1 victory against archrivals Fenerbahce back in February. He made 12 appearances across all competitions and his last outing was against league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir last Sunday where he featured for 90 minutes. Before moving from Istanbul to Monaco to join Robert Moreno’s side for their pre-season training, Onyekuru visited Galatasaray’s training facilities to say his farewell to the coaching crew and his teammates on Saturday. Henry Onyekuru has bid goodbye to Galatasaray following the expiry of his loan from Ligue 1 club Monaco. “Rental agreement ending. Henry Onyekuru said goodbye to our technical team and teammates. Have a nice trip,” the club tweeted. Reports suggested Galatasaray made a move to extend the loan of the Super Eagles forward with five matches remaining after the coronavirus pandemic forced the extension of the 2019-20 Super Lig season until July 25 but both clubs were unable to reach an agreement. The 23-year-old won the Super Lig title and the Turkish Cup with the Lions last season, and he expressed gratitude for the reception he got throughout his second stay in Istanbul. read also:Super Lig title: No retreat, no surrender for Galatasaray – Onyekuru Galatasaray are fourth in the league table and they face second-placed Trabzonspor on Sunday in an encounter that could boost their chances of defending their league title. Despite Onyekuru’s absence, Ivory Coast’s Jean-Michael Seri, Nigeria’s Jesse Sekidika, DR Congo’s Christian Luyindama, Morocco’s Younes Belhanda, Gabon’s Mario Lemina and Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli are options available for Terim to summon for the match. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametLorem ipsum dolor sit amet Lorem ipsum dolor sit ametlast_img read more