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ColorMax Violas

first_imgMake no mistake about it, if you have ever felt like a viola couldn’t dazzle like a pansy, then you haven’t tried ColorMax. ColorMax is a relatively new series of viola that comes to us from Sakata Seed and has completely shocked me with its flower power. It really is color to the max with these violas.Know that I am the ultimate pansy and viola lover, almost to the point of saying that I have never seen one I didn’t like. I love clear ones, those with blotches, those with whiskers, and I relish their fragrance. To me, there is nothing not to love about pansies and violas.ColorMax comes in 10 colors and a mix, and it’s hard to pick out a favorite. The clear yellow is so prolific I would hardly be exaggerating when I say it can be seen from a mile away. Just think: I am saying that about violas and not giant or mammoth-sized pansies. Speaking of giant, Sakata is the same company that brings us the Majestic Giant series.‘Icy Blue,’ ‘Popcorn’ and ‘Lemon Splash’ are also must-have plants for your cool-season landscape. While these flowers are larger than many other viola selections, the quantity of blossoms is amazing. As you might expect, the plants reach 6 to 8 inches tall with a spread of about 10 inches. ColorMax violas are very cold-tolerant and transplant to the garden with ease.Select a site in full sun or partial shade with organically rich soil. If organic, rich and fertile doesn’t sound like your soil, don’t fret. Over the last 20 years, most gardeners I have talked to are plagued with a tight clay or heavy soil. Clay particles are the smallest of all soils. Because of their small size, they are easier to compact, keeping out not only water but also air.So we have choices, such as going with a landscape mix like the commercial landscaper or simply working in organic matter. Your flower success starts at ground level. By incorporating organic matter like humus, compost or peat into native soil, good things start to happen. Organic matter helps to loosen the soil for better water penetration and aeration, leading to good root development.Here in the Savannah area, there are a lot of gardeners with sandy soil that seems to drain like a wire basket. In this situation, the same organic matter helps hold water and nutrients. Remember that soil improvement is a continual process.For a really show-stopping display, plant a large group of single-colored, 24-inch-tall snapdragons, such as rose-colored Sonnets or Liberties, to the back of the bed with a mass of ‘Clear Yellow’ or ‘Lemon Splash’ ColorMax violas in front. Or reverse and use yellow snapdragons in the back and ‘Icy Blue’ or ‘Berry Pie’ ColorMax violas in front. Use them also in mixed containers with colorful foliage plants like ‘Lemon Ball’ sedum, ‘Red Giant’ mustard or ‘Redbor’ kale.No matter where you live, there is a season for pansies and violas. In the South, that season is now. As you shop, keep your eyes open for ColorMax, the most exciting new viola series in years. Follow me on Twitter: @CGBGgardenguru.last_img read more


Unruh hosts political discussion at ‘Un-Civil War’ conference

first_imgPolitical correctness, Congressional stalemates and fake news are concepts that have permeated political discourse in the last two years, seemingly changing the landscape of American politics. (From left) Politico reporter Carla Marinucci, Norman Lear Center Director Martin Kaplan and Annenberg professor Karen North spoke at a panel moderated by Annenberg professor Laura Davis. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanOn Wednesday, more than 50 students, faculty and community members gathered to discuss these changes in American politics in “The Un-Civil War,” an all-day conference hosted by the USC Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. Billed as an opportunity to “advance a bipartisan conversation about civil discourse in modern American politics,” the event consisted of four 90-minute panel discussions featuring three to four experts at a time in fields of politics, sociology, technology and journalism. By bringing together points of view from multiple fields and perspectives on the political spectrum, the event aimed to start a conversation about American civil discourse and offer examples of how to move forward while agreeing to disagree. “I hope that today we can shed some light on the un-civil war that too often stains our politics today,” Unruh Institute Director Robert Shrum said in his opening remarks.He noted that the conference fell on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, and lauded King’s actions as a remarkable example of the power of civility in the political sphere. The four panels tackled the history of political civility, the modern rise of “alternative facts” and the impact of technology and the impact of media on the American political landscape. Though panelists approached these issues from different angles, many agreed that the era of President Donald Trump is unlike any other. “We shouldn’t get too overly hysterical about what’s happening today, however, in our lifetime … I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like we’re seeing today,” said Mickey Kantor, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and campaign chair of the 1992 Clinton-Gore presidential ticket. “I think it follows eight years of grace and dignity in the White House … and now it’s almost like they threw cold water in your face at about three in the morning, when you’re faced with what we’re seeing in today’s rhetoric.” Many panelists touched on the impact of technology and the internet on political discourse. “The thing that has struck me the most … in what’s taking place in politics today, has been how detached we have become from fact,” USC professor Margaret Gatz said. She then presented data on the cognitive distortions and filter bubbles that can lead people to believe falsehoods. USC professor Peter Mancall said that the modern political discord could be a step toward progress. According to Mancall, there has been a “vast expansion of people in the political discussion” in the past centuries.“That has led to all sorts of uncomfortable moments, but in some ways … I sort of celebrate the fact that there are more people involved in the discussion than there ever were before,” Mancall said.At the end of the panel, audience members eagerly questioned the panelists, preparing themselves to take the lessons learned at the conference into the larger world. “It’s great that Unruh Institute puts together these events where you can talk about real time issues outside of the classroom with professionals of the field,” said Melanie Franceschini, a senior majoring in political science.last_img read more


Colchester clinch loan deal for West Brom youngster

first_img Kemar Roofe 1 West Brom youngster Kemar Roofe has joined Colchester United on loan until December 1.The midfielder is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Baggies and has been given permission to join the League One side in a bid to give him more playing time.The 21-year-old has previously had loan spells at Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town, and is hoping to impress for his latest side.“I am really looking forward to playing for Colchester United,” Roofe told West Brom’s official website.“The move is another chance for me to show the gaffer, the club and everyone else what I am about and also what I can offer.“I’m looking forward to playing in front of a crowd and also trying to win football matches with Colchester.”last_img


Unbeaten Mathare back at the top of KPL

first_imgAt Kasarani Stadium, unbeaten Mathare United had to depend on Chrispin Oduor to find the leveler in the 20th minute after veteran Allan Wanga had sent Kakamega Homeboyz ahead eight minutes after kick-off.Wanga easily tapped the ball home after being set-up by Peter Thiongo who has been instrumental for the Kakamega based side. However, the lead lasted for 12 minutes only as Oduor picked up James Kinyanjui’s pass to slam the ball home from close range.Mathare’s James Situma (L) vies for the ball with Festus okiring of kakamega homeboyz during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASAOduor, the Mathare United skipper was at it again, this time completing a brace in the 27th minute after banging in a rebound that saw Kakamega Homeboyz keeper Gabriel Andika spill the ball from a Kinyanjui cracker.Cliff Nyakeya Nyakeya should have scored a goal to make it three when he was set up by Kinyanjui but the former Gor Mahia Youth midfielder tripped before taking tapping the ball in when he had only Andika to beat.On the other hand, the visitors could have drawn level if Thiong’o could have utilized Luke Namanda’s pin point pass infron of the goal.Nyakeya made the amends in the 60th minute when Oduor teed up him who had a clear sight on goal and carried the ball forward despite being tripped by Sosthenes Idah to seal the winner.Namanda also made the amends, pulling one back for Homeboyz in the 90th minute when he made good use of a miss controlled touch by veteran defender James Situma to score in the near post but it proved a little too late as Mathare United walked away with three points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega’s Allan Wanga (L) shields the ball from Andrew Juma of Mathare during their kpl match at Moi kasarani on January 19,2019.ERICK BARASANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Mathare United claimed back their lead at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after coming from a goal down to edge out Kakamega Homeboyz 3-2 in a match played at The Kasarani Stadium on Saturday.In other fixtures, Stephen Wakanya netted the equalizer as Vihiga United drew 1-1 away to KCB who got their goal from Mwinyi Kibwana.last_img read more