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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2129
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Gardening program hosted by Jim Wilson and joined by Bob Smaus, Roger Swain, Lucinda Mays and Peter Seabrook as international travel correspondent. Series chef is Marion Morash. Special correspondent is Holly Shimizu. The Boston-based Victory Garden (w/ Roger Swain) is located at a private residence; Victory Garden South is at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia; Victory Garden West is at Roger's Garden Center in Corona del Mar, California. Original program: Crockett's Victory Garden - premiered April 6, 1976. Hosted by Jim Crockett. Second host Bob Thomson (for 12 years till 1991). Series release date: 1976

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Roger Swain opens and it's winter in the suburban garden. He cleans up ornamental grasses, Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus, cutting them at the base before spring arrives. He tells us that if the clumps of grasses get too large, take a spade and divide them, moving smaller clumps to another location.

It's summer in South Africa and Adrian Bloom tours Somerset West's wine district. He's at the Vergelegen estate (011-27-21-847-1337) touring it's gardens and winery. Highlights:

A path of lavandula dentura, french lavendar; heavily used herb gardens; potted tubs of white iceburg roses; reflecting pools with water lilies and lotus; cupressus sempervirens "Italian cypress" trees.

He meets up with Eric Thiron, it's chief horticulturalist, and they stroll extensive rose gardens. Eric tells us that the hedge of rosemarinus centuana assists the roses with pests. He displays rosa "Esther Geldenhuys" (his favorite/salmon), "Red Fantasia" and a yellow rose, "Limelight." They tour the white garden with Ornithogalum thyrsoides chincherinchee (bulbs); Dietes grandiflora wild iris. They point out very old and large Cinnamomum camphora camphor trees which were planted between 1700 and 1706. In the perennial garden: delphinium "pacific giants" (Eric suggests that the secret to a glorious delphinium is in using fresh seeds); eschscholzia californica California poppy; (white) agapanthus "alba" and (blue) "Peter Pan."

In the winery with Genevieve Faure, Director of Public Relations, Adrian samples various wines.

Back in the suburban garden, Roger Swain talks about two serious threats to white birch trees, bronze birch bore and leaf minor. He cuts down a tree that has been severely damaged by bronze birch bore.

In the greenhouse, Tovah Martin joins Roger to talk about the Amaryllis plant. She tells us that the bigger the bulb, the better, producing more flower stalks. Select healthy bulbs with no scarring and no rot. In addition to pots, bulbs can be forced in vases filled with water that is changed at least once a week. The water should come up to the bottom of the bulb and no more (causing rot). Blooming occurs in 4 - 6 weeks. She displays "Double Record" (pink edge), "Scarlet Baby" (smaller red blooms) and "Lemon/Lime" (light green).

Aftercare of potted amaryllis: Take plant outdoors to spend the summer months. Fertilize every six weeks. In fall, allow to go dormant. Place pot on its side and withhold water. In November, pot up again for another winter bloom.

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