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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2128
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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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Adrian Bloom visits Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens in South Africa where it is now summer. It is one of South Africa's largest public gardens and together with Christien Milan, Education Officer, they highlight:

Encephalartos transvenosus cycad Aristea major (spiky purple flower) Leucospermum cordifolium pincushion protea (orange flower; good for cutting) Pelargonium cucclullatum (pink) Leucuspermum oleifolium tufted pincushion (smaller orange flower) Leucuspermum reflexum rocket pincushion (orange) Leucuspermum "yellow bird" Chondropetalum tectorum restio (ornamental grass) Leucadedron argenteum silver tree Mimetes cucullatus burning bush (orange tipped) Leucospermum cordifolium "Caroline" (of Monaco; an orange flower) Agapanthus praecox (purple) Watsonia (cousin to gladiola's; pink) In the Conservatory: Adansonia digitata baobab (tree) Gasteria brachyphylla (relation to aloe) Glottiphylum cruciatum (yellow flower) Erica cape heather Erica longifolia var. maritima Streptocarpus cape primula (white flower)

Estate Manager, Philip LeRoux, tours the forest: Ocotea bullata stinkwood tree; Virgilia oruboides blossom tree.

Back in the suburban garden's greenhouse, Roger is soaking seeds (48 hours in lukewarm water) of strelitzia reginae "Mandela's Gold" Bird of Paradise. He will sow them 1/2" deep and place on a propagating mat. They should be kept at a constant 70 degrees to germinate in about 3 -4 weeks. It will be at least four years before they are ready to bloom.

He points to scale pests thriving on a greenhouse plant. He suggests using a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol to destroy them at the touch. He talks about other alternatives using an insecticide soap or a systemic powder to rid them. He cautions us that if a system powder is used, the entire plant becomes toxic.

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