Fragrant tea olive is sensitive to cold injury when temperatures dip into the single digits and can be killed at temperatures below zero. In the upper range of hardiness zone 7 and in zone 6 (the north Georgia mountains), fortune’s tea olive (Osmanthus x fortunei) may be a better choice. It has a similar growth habit with the same delightful fragrance and better cold hardiness than fragrant tea olive. In my Athens landscape, the plant has a major bloom in fall, a lighter bloom in spring and flowers sporadically throughout the summer, so its fragrance can be enjoyed throughout the year. (Gary Wade is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Fertilize fragrant tea olive in early spring with a complete fertilizer, such as 16-4-8. Look for a fertilizer containing slow-release nitrogen. Azalea/camellia-type fertilizer can also be used. Prune as necessary during the growing season to shape the plant into the desired growth form. Fragrant tea olive hails from China where it is commonly called cassia flower. There the flowers are harvested for their fragrance, which is extracted and infused in teas, jams, cakes, soups, soaps and perfumes. Creamy white flowers are often hidden among the foliage and are not usually noticeable until their fragrance infiltrates the landscape. There are several cultivars of fragrant tea olive in the trade, such as “Apricot Gold,” which produces apricot-gold flowers and “Butter Yellow,” which produces creamy yellow flowers. For a heavenly scent in the landscape, plant fragrant tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans). Its sweet perfume is a pleasant surprise in September and October, a time when other plants are tapering off in their growth and preparing for their winter rest. One whiff of its intoxicating fragrance and you’ll fall in love with this award-winning plant. Plant fragrant tea olive in full sun to partial shade. It grows best in hardiness zones 7 to 10. Classified as a large shrub, fragrant tea olive reaches 20 to 30 feet tall and wide. It is best used as a background plant in a perennial border, a specimen plant or an evergreen hedge. It is easily trained into a small evergreen tree. It also can be used to soften corners of the home, but its large stature rules out its use at the doorway or under low windows. By Gary WadeUniversity ofGeorgia Fragrance is not the only merit that earned fragrant tea olive a Georgia Gold Medal Award. It’s also a tough, low-maintenance plant with few pest problems, and it adapts to a wide range of soils, from coastal sands to Piedmont clays. This plant in my landscape came through the recent drought without a scratch and got no supplemental water.
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: It’s Time to Ban Gifts from Special Interests By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary April 14, 2016 Read more posts about government reform.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Government Reform, Government That Works, The Blog, Transparency Did you know? Pennsylvania is one of only ten states with no specific law limiting gifts to public officials, who are free to take any gift—including cash—so long as the gift is disclosed.In the very first day he was sworn into office, Governor Wolf led on addressing this issue by instituting a gift ban for his entire administration.Certain boards and commissions – including the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Turnpike Commission – have also implemented gift bans, but more action is needed to ensure that government works for the people of Pennsylvania, and not special interests.Special interests still wield too much power and influence in Harrisburg, which is one of the reasons why it has been, and continues to be, broken. We still have much work to do to take on the special interests and status quo — and a gift ban is good step to curtail the influence of special interests.For a better government that works, it’s time to ban public officials from taking gifts from special interests.Learn more about the “Government That Works” Reform Plan: governor.pa.gov/govt-reform.
At least three people are dead after a shooting inside a Walmart in Duncan, Oklahoma today.According to police, shots first rang out in the store located about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City around 10:00 this morning. It’s currently unknown if any other people have been injured at this time or if an arrest in the case has been made. Another #Walmart shooting, multiple fatalities reported. Developing NOW https://t.co/O5d9qn2Moe— Nancy Grace (@NancyGrace) November 18, 2019 Red River Tech and Duncan Public Schools were put on lockdown due to the incident. Red River Tech remains on lockdown, however, Duncan Public Schools are no longer on lockdown.
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