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first_img Bearded irises: multiply by dividing. Photo: UGA Georgia Experiment Station Research & Education Garden Walter Reeves On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” host Walter Reeves shows how to dig, separate and replant irises and takes time to show some of his favorite “toys” — digging tools.The show will be aired on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television. If you miss that show, it will be rebroadcast on Saturday, July 21, at 12:30 p.m.Reeves shows how simple it is to lift the clump of irises with a spading fork, then slice the roots apart to leave a healthy fan of leaves on each section.Favorite New ‘Toy’He uses the opportunity, too, to show one of his new “toys,” a U-Bar digger from Lee Valley Tools. As he works, he describes the flowers of different irises: bearded, Dutch, Japanese and others. He finishes his job by replanting the divided irises in a well-drained bed that gets full sun.center_img Reeves demonstrates other digging tools, too, including the round-point flat and trenching shovel, spading fork and others. And he reveals how to choose the best tool for the job at hand.Guest Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, describes the life cycle of the smoky brown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa). It often lives in tree hollows in your landscape. Suiter shows Reeves how to use a gel bait to control these nasty, large pests.Sack Lunches in TreesUGA entomologist Beverly Sparks shows that the spindle-shaped sacks hanging on your trees probably contain bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis). These caterpillars continuously build the bag, using it for shelter as they move about the plant, stripping it of its leaves.Looking for a low-maintenance annual that’s a nonstop bloomer for the landscape, planter or hanging basket? The New Wonder Blue Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula ‘New Wonder’) may be the answer. UGA horticulturist Jim Midcap describes this 1997 Georgia Gold Medal Winner.”Gardening in Georgia” airs every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. on GPTV. The show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the UGA CAES and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site. UGA CAES File Photolast_img read more

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 10 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet LocalNews Resident judge admonishes nurses to commit themselves to excellence by: – June 4, 2012 Her Ladyship Justice Birnie Stephenson-BrooksResident Judge, Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks, has admonished nurses to commit themselves to excellence which she referred to a “lifelong” commitment.Justice Stephenson-Brooks was the featured speaker at the first ever Nursing Awards ceremony on Sunday in which over sixty nurses were awarded for their professional excellence in the nursing service.In admonishing the nurses to commit themselves to excellence, she noted that professional excellence should be at the core of their intentions and functions.“Professional excellence should be at the heart of your intention to be nurses and as you function as nurses. This means that each and every one of you would have at one time or another have to transform your values, your beliefs and your behaviors. In my view, as nurses who are aiming at achieving excellence, you are required to care, to comfort, to educate and to collaborate”.Justice Stephenson-Brooks also reminded the nurses of the need to create very good impressions while executing their duties.“When one thinks about it, in life a human being no matter how long or how short their walk on this earth is, the nurse is one of the first persons we meet. Talk about the need to create a first impression- a great one. When a baby is born the first person who usually takes the baby after it emerges from his or her mother’s womb is the nurse…nurses are there from the very beginning of our existence and quite often until the end”.According to her, although women are “masters of multi-tasking while men are severely challenged, they can’t do it,” she told the nurses they must make every attempt to work together “effectively” with their co-workers as well as all health care disciplines.She listed eight steps which should be implemented on the stairway to excellence with words, focusing on effective collaboration which includes developing constructive conflict resolution skills, mastering interpersonal and personal skills, taking advantage of the multi-disciplinary forums to increase collaboration and appreciating that collaboration can also occur spontaneously.The commitment to excellence she said, “requires a lifelong commitment to nursing, to researching, to learning, scholarship and personal balance also well being”.Although she recognized that the pursuit of excellence in nursing is “difficult” as with any other profession, however she urged them to continue to work towards excellence as they stand to benefit as well as their patients and communities.“You also have to consider that we live in a society that seems to be satisfied with mediocrity. We now live in a society where there is a decay of values; the persons that you have to deal with, both your colleagues and patients, clients, customers, are not getting better mannered, they are not polite, but it appears as though you have to deal with persons who are more and more strangers to good manners and proper etiquette”.She also urged them to remember that “communication is vital” and “remember always to put your hands in the hands of the man who still the waters,” recommending that they develop a personal relationship with and daily walk with God.“Remember I said, you are the ones most of us first meet upon arriving into this world and quite often you are the ones who are there with us as we transition in the end,” he reiterated. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more