South Georgia is in bloom - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

South Georgia is in bloom

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • East Albany duplex fire

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:28:59 GMT
    Firefighters are on the scene of a duplex fire in the 1100 block of Clark Avenue. Around 05:22 this morning crews arrived and saw heavy smoke coming from the home.More >>
    Firefighters are on the scene of a duplex fire in the 1100 block of Clark Avenue. Around 05:22 this morning crews arrived and saw heavy smoke coming from the home.More >>
  • Closing arguments in murder trial set for Wednesday morning

    Closing arguments in murder trial set for Wednesday morning

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:27:27 GMT
    (left to right) Ezekial James and Jordan Harris(left to right) Ezekial James and Jordan Harris
    Closing arguments in the trial accusing two men of robbing and killing former Lee County Commissioner and Albany businessman is set for Wednesday morning.More >>
    Closing arguments in the trial accusing two men of robbing and killing former Lee County Commissioner and Albany businessman is set for Wednesday morning.More >>
  • South Albany House Fire

    South Albany House Fire

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-08-20 11:06:43 GMT
    Albany firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in the 600 block of West Gordon Avenue.We have a crew on the scene.Stay with WALB for the latest on this story.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
    Albany firefighters are on the scene of a house fire in the 600 block of West Gordon Avenue.We have a crew on the scene.Stay with WALB for the latest on this story.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>

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