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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


Advancing women in the credit union industry

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr What do you want from your life? Personally? Professionally? Financially? In the latest issue of Advancing Women, we bring you a video from  Bridget Grimes, CFP, founder of WealthChoice, who discusses financial freedom and what stops women from achieving it.For professional fulfillment, check out our feature article about finding a leadership style within yourself. And then read about creating a credit union culture in which women can better learn and develop professionally.If your goal is for more personal fulfillment through volunteering, read what several credit union board chairs and directors say about their involvement in the industry and how you could translate that to any kind of volunteering.It’s been 10 years since the Global Women’s Leadership Network was formed. GWLN Chair Susan Mitchell looks back on the progress made and talks about what’s to come in 2020. I had the great pleasure of attending my first Sister Society meeting this past spring and it felt wonderful to be in a room with other smart, capable women looking to lean on and learn from each other. I highly encourage joining the network and finding a local chapter.last_img read more


Who can Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves face in the Europa League last 32?

first_imgClub BruggeOlympiacosShakhtar DonetskBayer LeverkusenAPOELCopenhagenGetafeSporting CPCFR ClujRangersAZ AlkmaarWolfsburgLudogoretsRoma RB SalzburgInter MilanBenficaAjaxSevillaMalmo FFBaselLASKCelticEspanyolFC PortoGentIstanbul Basaksehir When is the Europa League last 32 draw?The draw is made at midday on Monday following the Champions League draw.When will the last 32 ties be played?The fixtures will be played on 20 and 27 February.MORE: Freddie Ljungberg ‘feels sorry for Arsenal’s young players’ despite Bukayo Saka’s ‘tremendous night’MORE: Martin Keown hails Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and slams ‘lucky’ Freddie Ljungberg Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured top spot in Europa League Group L (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic have all topped their Europa League groups and will go into the draw for the last 32 as seeded teams, while Wolves and Rangers will be unseeded.This gives United, Arsenal and Celtic a faovurable draw as they will take on either a group runner-up, or one of the four teams that drop out of the Champions League with the lowest points.Inter Milan, Ajax, Benfica and Red Bull Salzburg are all joining the Europa League and Wolves and Rangers could face any of them.Instead United, Celtic and Arsenal could meet Club Brugge, Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen or one of the sides that finished second in their Europa League group.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTeams cannot be drawn against sides from the same country or that played in the same group as them.There could still be all-British affairs with Manchester United or Arsenal able to draw Rangers, while Celtic could play Wolves. Who can Man Utd be drawn against? Who can Arsenal be drawn against? Who can Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves face in the Europa League last 32? Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Dec 2019 9:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Who can Wolves be drawn against? Advertisement Club BruggeOlympiacosShakhtar DonetskBayer LeverkusenAPOELCopenhagenGetafeSporting CPCFR ClujEintracht FrankfurtRangersWolfsburgLudogoretsRoma More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Freddie Ljungberg has taken Arsenal into the last 32 (Picture: REUTERS)last_img read more


A new chapter for Hawthorne bungalow

first_img24 Conventry Street, Hawthorne. Time taken: 12 months Reno spend: $600,000When Pauline Narloch first laid eyes on her Hawthorne home she knew it was a “renovators delight”.After buying the house at 24 Coventry St with her husband in 2008, Mrs Narloch spent 12 months transforming the old 1920s art deco house into a entertainer’s home.“We lived here for a year before we changed anything. It took us about two years to start,” Mrs Narloch said. BEFORE: 24 Coventry Street, Hawthorne when it was bought by the Narlochs.“I was diagnosed with breast cancer just as we moved in, so a lot of our ideas for our renovations ended up changing. AFTER: How it looks today.“The house is on top of a hill and exposed to north-east breezes so we ended up putting in a lot more glass than we had planned. We originally wanted to put in verandas.”She said when they bought the home, the kitchen and bathrooms were of original 1920s style with old cupboards. BEFORE: The pool area needed some TLC.“Nothing was built-in and the sink was in its original condition. The bathroom had terrazzo flooring and the tiles were dark and murky green,” Mrs Narloch said.“Let’s just say the renovations were a challenge.” AFTER: The pool after its makeover.While the original house was retained, Mrs Narloch said they lifted the property and moved it on the block to take advantage of the views. Adding big entertaining areas were a major part of the renovations.They also added a lower floor and an extra living area. AFTER: The house now has plenty of open living spaces.The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home is on a 810sq m block and includes a swimming pool and wet bar.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoWhile the renovations were under way, Mrs Narloch and her family moved into a townhouse next door, so they could keep an eye on the transformation and liaise with the builder. AFTER. Much of the old Queenslander remains, such as the veranda.Mrs Narloch said the loveliest elements of the Hawthorne Queenslander’s design were retained, including a bay window in the master bedroom.The master suite is on the upper level and contains a large bedroom, study nook, double-vanity ensuite, powder room and walk-in wardrobe. AFTER. The new home is an entertainer’s delight.“I just love every part of this house. It’s all beautiful. There are six decks so you can always find an outlook to enjoy,” Mrs Narloch said.Now that Mrs Narloch’s two sons have “flown the nest”, it is time to sell.“It’s a beautiful house but it’s too big to rattle around in,” she said.“I hope a family with teenage kids buys it.” The property is being sold by Emil Juresic of NGU Real Estate (0481 601 793).last_img read more


Maradona to drag Netflix to court over Hand of God film

first_imgArgentina legend Diego Maradona is threatening to sue Netflix over the Hand of God documentary, which is set to be released on the streaming platform later this year, according to dailystar. Maradona, 59, says he did not give Netflix permission to use his image for the upcoming film which is directed by Oscar winning Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino. Netflix is adamant that it is not a sports movie and is not about Maradona, instead stating that it will be a personal story about Sorrentino’s youth in 1980s Naples. Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla said in a statement he posted to Twitter: “Diego Maradona did not authorise the use of his image for this film. “With our colleagues in Italy we are now drawing up the legal strategy to file a formal complaint with the justice system for the improper use of a registered brand.”Advertisement Loading… Sorrentino’s relationship with the Argentine superstar is a complex one – with the movie maker having credited the Napoli legend with unknowingly saving his life. “Aside from all the things I’ve said before about Maradona, he involuntarily saved my life,” he told Variety in 2015. “I lost my parents when I was 16 in an accident with the heating system in a house in the mountains where I always used to go to with them. Read AlsoBooze Addiction: Maradona’s daughters set to drag him to court “That weekend, I didn’t go because I wanted to go watch Maradona and S.S.C Napoli play a match in Empoli, and that saved me.” Maradona previously sued Japanese video game producers Konami for including him in their PES 2017 game without his permission. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


Battling Gunners deny West Ham

first_img Press Association The Irons, who had started the day in fifth place, saw an early long-range effort from midfielder Alex Song ruled out for offside before Arsenal went ahead on 41 minutes through a penalty from Santi Cazorla. The visitors doubled their lead before half-time with a close-range finish from Danny Welbeck. A header by Cheikhou Kouyate reduced the deficit at the start of the second half and Arsenal had to withstand plenty of pressure, but they also forced a string of fine saves from Adrian on the break as they held out to move level with Southampton, whom they play on New Year’s Day. Song looked to have fired the Irons ahead on five minutes as he rifled a 25-yard strike into the net following a corner, choosing not to celebrate against his former club. The assistant’s flag was raised immediately, though, as three West Ham players were standing offside in front of Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal looked to use their pace on the break. Santi Cazorla floated in a free-kick, but Laurent Koscielny got in Alexis Sanchez’s way as he stooped for a header, which went wide. On 35 minutes, Andy Carroll caught Mathieu Debuchy in the face with his forearm as they jumped on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, flooring the defender. Referee Neil Swarbrick showed the striker a yellow card – another official might have gone with a red. James Tomkins, making his 200th appearance for the Hammers, curled his shot over from 10 yards after being picked out by a floated cross from Joey O’Brien. Arsenal took the lead on 41 minutes. Cazorla darted through a crowded left side of the area, where he was tripped by Winston Reid after the defender fell backwards. Arsenal battled to a 2-1 win at West Ham to close in on the top four of the Barclays Premier League. The West Ham players protested, but the referee was unmoved, and Cazorla, who had allowed Sanchez to take a penalty against QPR, which was saved, dusted himself down to roll the ball into the bottom left corner. No sooner had the home fans burst into renditions of “1-0 to the referee” than Arsenal doubled their lead. A neat exchange of passes between Cazorla and Debuchy released Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right and his low cross went through Reid’s legs before Welbeck slid in ahead of Tomkins to slot home on 44 minutes. West Ham were much more positive at the start of the second half, with a deep cross from Diafra Sakho headed behind at the far post by Per Mertesacker as Carroll closed in. The Irons maintained the pressure and pulled a goal back on 54 minutes. Tomkins got to the byline and floated a high ball into the six-yard box, where Kouyate got up above Debuchy to head past Szczesny, who was wrong-footed by a slight deflection. Arsenal were prevented from restoring their two-goal cushion when Adrian produced a strong left-handed save to beat away a fierce drive from Cazorla following more good work from Sanchez. Home boss Sam Allardyce made a change on 62 minutes when Enner Valencia replaced Sakho. Arsenal looked to counter quickly, with Welbeck driving down the left channel and clipping a low shot across the face of goal. Adrian was again in the right place to make a superb reflex save with his feet from a bullet header by Oxlade-Chamberlain. Welbeck then blazed over after latching onto a stray pass from Stewart Downing and darting into the area. Oxlade-Chamberlain blasted wide and then tumbled in the box after what looked like a push from Reid, but still a third Arsenal goal proved elusive. During the closing moments of five minutes of stoppage time a looping header from Valencia dropped onto the roof of the net, but the Hammers could not find a leveller. last_img read more


Cricket News Ravichandran Ashwin’s similar injuries ‘unfortunate’: Virat Kohli

first_imgNew Delhi: Ravichandran Ashwin is in doubt for the Sydney Test against Australia after failing to recover from the left side strain which he sustained in the Adelaide Test. Although he was named in the 13-man squad for the final Test, India cricket team skipper Virat Kohli said his inclusion in the playing XI is ‘in doubt’ and admitted that all is not well with the Tamil Nadu offspinner. The Indian cricket team are currently leading the series 2-1 following their 137-run win in the Melbourne Test and are aiming to become the first Asian side ever to win a Test series Down Under. Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the final Test, Kohli said the physio and trainer have spoken to him as to what is required.“It’s unfortunate that Ashwin has had two niggles quite similar in the last couple of away tours (England and now Australia). He, more than anyone else, will be focused to correct this. The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what’s required (from him) in order to get over that injury. He is very important for sure. In Test cricket, he is a vital part of this team and we want him to be 100 per cent fit and for a longer period so that he can contribute to us more in the Test format,” Kohli said.Read More | BCCI announces 13-man squad for SCG Test, call on Ashwin tomorrow Ashwin had sustained a left-side strain during the England series and he was less effective in the Southampton Test which India lost by 60 runs to lose the series as well. The offspinner was ruled out of The Oval Test and in Adelaide, he bowled 86 overs and did not allow Australia to score freely as India secured a 31-run win. However, Ashwin was ruled out of the Perth Test and has failed to make a recovery since.Read More | Not thought too much about losing series against India: Tim Paine“He (Ashwin) is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (as to) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness. Honestly, you can’t predict an injury. When it happens, you just manage and doing what you can to get over that injury,” Ashwin said.Vihari’s offspin a boost In Ashwin’s absence, the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari have chipped in well. In Perth, Vihari provided the breakthrough with his handy offspin while Jadeja was the star in the Melbourne Test. Kohli said Vihari’s offbreaks have given the Indian cricket team a real comfort zone in the absence of Ashwin.“Ashwin’s absence does make you alter plans a little bit throughout the course of a series. But the fact that Hanuma Vihari has bowled beautifully whenever we have given him the ball makes us feel absolutely calm about Ashwin not being able to play. But, if you see the way Vihari has bowled he has looked like picking up a wicket whenever he comes to bowl. He’s pitching the ball in the right areas so we are looking at him as a solid bowling option right now. Especially in this Test because he has pace on the ball, he puts in the effort, he’s economical and that’s all you need from a guy who is coming in to bowl 10-15 overs in a day,” Kohli said.Kohli revealed that he had been plagued by back injuries ever since he entered the Indian cricket team in 2011 but added that certain routines have ensured he remained on top of his fitness in all three formats. During the Melbourne Test, he had suffered a back injury but he played through the Test match without witnessing any kind of discomfort.“I have been able to manage it because of the physical effort I have put in in the last few years. he physical part has definitely helped me massively in the last three years. I feel like I can switch formats easily. And I can be at the top of my energy levels or intensity levels that is required to play international cricket because I work really hard no my fitness. There are many factors involved: the diet, the sleep patterns and all these sort of things are very crucial,” Kohli said.India lead the four-match series 2-1 and a win or draw in Sydney will help them create history. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


No. 5 USC making up for sluggish start

first_imgThere certainly was plenty reason for optimism.Opening the season ranked No. 2 and boasting three returning senior All-Americans to go along with a top-10 recruiting class, the USC women’s volleyball team’s expectations were quickly tempered.Pleasant surprise · Sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw, pictured here on Sept. 23 against then-No. 1 California, has notched 15 kills thus far this season, leading the No. 5 Women of Troy to six straight wins after starting the season just 5-3 overall. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy lost two of their first three matches, including a shocking upset to unranked Central Florida, and fell flat in a 3-0 sweep in their Pac-12 opener against UCLA in front of a record crowd of 5,385 at Galen Center, giving them a 5-3 overall mark — the first time USC had lost at least three of its first eight matches since 2005.“With our conference schedule starting so early this year, we didn’t have [time] to try different things,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “So we had to guess at some things in the lineup. It just seemed like we didn’t have the right combination out on the floor.”With his squad struggling, Haley decided to insert sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw into the starting lineup in place of fellow sophomore Kirby Burnham, an outside hitter and opposite.So far, the move has paid immediate dividends.Shaw tallied a career-high 15 kills and led the team in hitting percentage (.481) to spark USC in a road sweep of then-unbeaten No. 4 Washington.“She’s a comfortable person for everyone to play with,” Haley said. “[Shaw] was instrumental in settling us down.”Since the UCLA loss, the Women of Troy have ripped off six conference sweeps in a row for the first time since 2003, when they won the NCAA championship.The streak includes victories over California and Stanford, who were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, at the time.“We were all just really pumped and excited going against these two good teams,” Shaw said. “We had nothing to lose at that point, so we just gave it all we got and had a good show.”Another unexpected source of offense has come from freshman middle blocker Hannah Schraer, who has started all season while sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard recovered from offseason knee surgery and a bout of mononucleosis.Schraer is ranked third in the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.386) and is averaging 1.73 kills per set.“In the beginning, it was a little stressful just getting used to the speed of the game,” Schraer said. “Now as a team, we’re definitely more comfortable playing together.”Schraer’s numbers are nearly identical to Olgard’s, who ranked fifth in the Pac-10 with a .366 hitting percentage while also averaging 1.73 kills per set last year.“Usually, freshmen middle [blockers] can’t do what [Schraer] has done,” Haley said. “She’s really done an exceptional job. I have not had a freshman come in, other than Olgard last year, who has played like this.”Olgard played briefly last weekend against Colorado and Utah for her first appearances of the season, and Haley said she should be back to full speed by mid-October.Haley said he wants to give junior middle blocker Natasa Siljkovic some playing time when she returns from the injury and wants to work Burnham and other bench players back into the rotation.Haley is encouraged by the progress he’s seen over the past few weeks, but he knows that anything can happen from now until the NCAA title match in December.“We’ve gone on a nice roll, but we have two more months of the regular season yet to go,” Haley said. “My experience [as coach] says don’t get too excited this early, and don’t get too down. You just gotta stay with it and keep improving.”last_img read more


Shane Wallen walks on Oregon State team as senior in honor of late mother

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ When Shane Wallen got word of his mother’s terminal cancer in 2011, his world stopped. Hours of offseason workouts going into his freshman year were nullified. Dreams of starting on Butte Junior College’s football team dissolved.His immediate future was unclear, but he knew football wasn’t in it.“Overall, it was a difficult decision,” Wallen said. “But what made it easier was knowing that I was going to spend my mom’s last few months with her by her bed side and making memories that can never be taken away.”Wallen picked up two jobs — working as a restaurant waiter and personal trainer — to support himself and ensure he was available to take care of his mother, Vickie Wallen, for the 11 months she lived after diagnosis. He never played a down for Butte football, but kept the sport in his life by assisting the strength and conditioning coaches.Combining his passion for fitness with the memory of his late mother, Wallen parlayed his two years as an assistant to Butte’s strength and conditioning coaches into a transfer to Oregon State to intern with its football team. After assisting the team in workouts last season, the senior’s now listed on the Beaver’s roster as a running back — achieving both his and his mom’s dream.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When things get hard and I’m having a tough day, it makes it a lot easier to look up and know that she’s watching,” Wallen said. “It keeps me going and brought me to where I am now.”Without any offers out of high school, Wallen enrolled in junior college powerhouse Butte with the hopes of playing football and gaining strength and conditioning experience. His mother’s illness temporarily derailed his plans, and a bulk of caretaking fell on him as his twin brother was enlisted in the Marines and his stepdad worked.Wallen needed to be on call to run errands like going to the grocery store or taking his mom to appointments. He juggled caring for his mother with classes at Butte and working two jobs —still finding the time to volunteer in the weight room for the football team.Nearly a year after receiving her terminal diagnosis, Vickie Wallen passed away in August 2012.“It was pretty hard for him,” said his brother, Mitch Wallen. “She’d always been his biggest fan and one of biggest reasons he loved sports and was going to college.”Wallen continued to work two jobs and advance his work with Butte’s strength and conditioning program. He needed to support himself and with his second and final year in junior college approaching, he wanted to transfer to a bigger school.Marcus Dorin, now the head strength and conditioning coach at Butte, saw Wallen’s passion and drive for the coaching field. Through all the adversity, Dorin said, Wallen had the two attributes of a great strength coach — passion and presence — and wanted to help his assistant out.Dorin referred Wallen to a contact in Oregon State’s athletic department and Wallen drove over eight hours from his hometown of Chico, California to drop off his resume on campus. With Dorin opening the door, Wallen received the opportunity he coveted — acceptance to OSU in the 2014 school year paired with an internship in the athletic department’s strength and conditioning program.After a season of working primarily with the football players, coaches were impressed enough by Wallen’s fitness and work ethic to offer him a tryout to walk-on. Four years removed from the last down he played, Wallen excelled in the tryout and joined the Beavers officially as a player in March.“When he’d run sprints with the guys, he was beating these scholarship players every day,” Dorin said. “In the weight room, he was out-lifting these guys that are supposedly going to the league every day. Hell, why not give that guy shot to walk-on?”While he hasn’t seen the field this season, Wallen making the Beaver’s roster has big implications for his future. Having “walked the walk” and participated in the highest level of college football, Doris said Wallen’s legitimacy is bolstered as an aspiring strength and conditioning coach.But for this season, the senior running back’s thrilled to play the sport he loves in honor of his late mother.“There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t think about her and the time we spent together,” Wallen said. “Every time I step on this field, it’s just as much for me as it is for her.” Comments Published on October 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm Contact Liam: [email protected]last_img read more


County Senior Football Championship semi-finals set for next Sunday

first_imgCahir booked their place in the semi-finals of the County Senior Football Championship, after beating Éire Óg Anacarty/Donohill at the second time of asking.It finished 0-10 to 0-5 in favour of the South side at Leahy Park in Cashel.Cahir will now play Thomas McDonaghs in the last four. Those semi-finals have been fixed for next Sunday.Dending champions Loughmore Castleiney take on Aherlow Gaels at 1.30 in Boherlahan while at 2 o’clock in Templetouhy, Cahir and Thomas McDonagh’s lock horns.last_img