Pansy care

first_imgPansies are a great winter flower. We plant and enjoy them in the fall, which gives them a good opportunity to get established, or as I like to say, “make themselves at home.” During the winter, they get frozen, thaw and grow again. It’s nice to see them poking their happy faces out from under a dusting of snow or encased in a clear coat of ice (as long as it’s short-term ice). It takes very cold weather to kill pansies once they’re established; however, they may start to look run down and have fewer blooms. Tiny blooms?The other day, I noticed the blooms on my pansies are about half the size now of what they were around a month ago. How can we perk them up?Once flowers die, remove them. Flowers that remain can produce seedpods. To produce seeds, the plant uses a lot of energy that could instead be used for making more flowers. Pinch or cut off all seedpods and dead flowers every week or two.Winter rains leach fertilizers. And this winter we’ve had our share of rain and then some. Fertilize beds with liquid fertilizers every two weeks. Pull weeds that may be using fertilizer, and mulch beds with pine straw.Too much water will cause root rotCloudy, wet weather can also spoil the flower show. Pansies need moisture, but too much of it will rot the roots. Plant pansies on raised beds, if possible. Build them up by adding soil and compost until beds are 6 to 8 inches taller than the surrounding soil. Raised beds drain better, are less waterlogged and warm more quickly in the spring. Pansies planted on raised beds are also easier to see.Remember, pansies do best if planted between Oct. 15 and Nov. 1. They can be planted before and after these dates, but may not do as well. If planted too early, they grow for too long and are more susceptible to cold later. Late planted pansies do not get established enough before cold weather and may never do well.To grow pansies in containers, just be sure your pots or boxes have adequate drainage holes. As the days get warmer, pansies will get leggy and the colors less vibrant. You can chose to remove them at that point, or wait until they completely succumb to the summer heat. Try replacing them with some Wave petunias for a burst of color that can take on the heat.For more information on pansies or other garden plants, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication website at

Duterte fires oil exploration chief

first_imgAquino was allegedly asked to resign due to a deal he inked this year with state-owned Russian oil giant Rosneft Oil Company and Hong Kong-based Pionaire Finance Limited without the knowledge of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, the chair of PNOC-EC. “The President’s order is still in line, and pursuant to his anti-corruption campaign in the government, and underscores once again that there are no sacred cows under this Administration,” he added. Panelo, meanwhile, reiterated Duterte’s directive to all government workers to resist temptation of corruption or risk getting fired. Aquino had been PNOC-EC’s president and CEO since 2012. He was appointed as its chairman of the board in 2007. He also served as its senior vice president from 1993-2008. President Duterte has been vocal in his fight against corruption and he has fired several government officials since assuming the presidency in 2016 due to corruption links./PN “All government officials are directed to undertake actions which are only pursuant to what the law provides in the performance of their official functions and desist from committing any act that are — or may appear to be — irregular, illegal or dishonest,” Panelo said. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said in a statement that Duterte asked Philippine National OilCompany-Exploration Corporation (PNOC-EC) chief executive officer Pedro Aquinoto resign as the President has lost confidence in him. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO MANILA – Still true to hisadministration’s war against corruption, President Rodrigo Duterte fired the country’soil exploration chief. last_img

Mangala ‘signs’ for City in video

first_img No official announcement has been made by the Eastlands outfit, but a video clip, which has since been removed from the site, shows the 23-year-old defender having a medical. The France international said: “I am here to help the team win titles, the league, the cup and the Champions League. I am ambitious and this is why I am here.” A leaked video on Manchester City’s website appears to show the club signing long-term target Eliaquim Mangala from Porto. He added: “(My ambition is) to play as many games as possible and to help the team the best I can to be champions of England.” City confirmed that the deal had not been completed, while it is understood the leak could be due to hacking. Mangala joined Porto in 2011 from Belgium club Standard Liege and has made 92 appearances in total. He made his international debut last month in France’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Uruguay and was part of Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup in Brazil, although he did not feature. center_img Press Associationlast_img