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Springtime means planting time
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Spring garden festival:  Get ready plant lovers. Want to dig your own banana trees? Need new plants to enhance your yard?  Want to learn how to propagate a camellia?  If so, then you need to be at the spring garden festival at the Bamboo Farms on Highway 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Bring the whole family. Dad will enjoy the good food and mom can browse through the plant vendor’s stand. The kids can ride a pony, pick up live animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, baby chicks, and try their luck at winning prizes and sitting in a giant helicopter to have their picture taken. The festival is free, but there is a $2 parking fee. There will be plenty of food and drink for sale, as well as dinners. Parents can enjoy lectures by horticulturalists and take tours through the gardens. Dr. Richard Wallace of AASU will give a talk on “Fruits for Landscapes of Coastal Georgia.” Jeffrey Webb, UGA area extension agent will talk about “Container Gardening.” A most enjoyable day for the entire family and it’ll be T-shirt and shorts weather.

Quote worth repeating: The American Indians found out what happens when you don’t control immigration. Amen

For all you teachers: After being interviewed by the school administration, a teaching prospect said: Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning? You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self-esteem and personal pride? You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook and apply for a job?  You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure they all pass the state exams? You want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps and communicate regularly with their parents by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card? You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps? You want me to do all this and then you tell me I can’t pray!

I really dig plants: My friend, Paula, and I went scouting for plants and trees that are in full bloom at this time of year along the roadside. We hit the mother lode. We found wild cherries, wild crabapples, sloe plums, haws and passion fruit. Most of the wild fruit trees right now are snow white with blossoms. We also saw two varieties of purple-blooming plants, one of which was a Texas bluebell, but the other one could not be found in all our wild plant books. This plant was growing in pure sand, so use enough of the soil it is growing in to hopefully save it. I’ve found and transplanted to pots several wild black cherry seedlings, as well as several beautyberry plants. I love sassafras trees and especially love them when they bloom. Another interesting plant that just pops up in the wild is the coral bean plant. I managed to transplant three beautiful little honeysuckle plants to pots recently. Another beauty that grows in the wild is the Carolina jessamine that blooms in March. It is pretty easy to transplant. Just remember to get a good amount of the soil it is growing in, then put that down in a pot and fill the remainder with potting soil. Water it for several days and voila! You’ve rescued a plant. I’m also planting grapefruit, loquat plum, blood orange, and other seeds I have saved to add to my already full yard. Get hooked on seeds my friends. It’s a great hobby!

Third annual Wild Garden party:  Wear your most gorgeous or outrageous garden hat and be the guests of the Wild Garden Project, a part of Sanctuary on the Sapelo. The party will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Great Oaks at the Ridge in McIntosh County.  To get there, take Highway 17 south to Eulonia and turn left onto Highway 99.  Go about 12 miles past Meridian and you will see the signs.  Thanks once again to Coastal EMC for donating some very nice door prizes. There will be lots of food, entertainment and native plants and seeds for sale, and a talk by David Moulder, master gardener. Donations will be accepted to further the success of the programs promoted by the Wild Garden Project, such as area habitat restoration, outreach programs, native plant seminars and more. 
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