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South Georgia is in bloom

February 25, 2003

Albany - These last few days of spring-like weather has encouraged flowers and trees to bloom across South Georgia. Camellias and Japanese Magnolias are decorating yards across South Georgia. But, don't let a few days a warm weather lure you to prematurely plant your spring gardens.

Daffodils blowing in the wind and camellias budding in every color make it hard not to catch Spring Fever. "But, it's still too early to plants," said Robin Gardner. "It could freeze tomorrow and your hard work in the garden would be in vane. And, all your flowers will die."

Gardner, at Bennett's Garden Center, says you should wait until late March or April to plant. But, that doesn't mean you can't add a splash of color around your house. "Hanging baskets of various flowers are perfectly in bloom right now, but you do need to bring them inside if it freezes."

And hearty plants and trees, like the Japanese Magnolia standing gloriously on Magnolia Street, thrive in cold months and can be planted now. "Your camellias can withstand a few cold nights," said ABC Nursery owner Charles Daniel . "Make sure you don't plant them too deep or they will died. That's the mistake many people make."

Daniel says don't plant camellias more than foot in the ground. And be patient, it will take a few years for your new plants to grow large enough to draw the envious stares of your neighbors. The average camellia will grow 6 to 12 inches each year.

Posted at 4:45PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com