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Ligularia 'Britt Marie Crawford' explodes with color in the shade

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog britt6aThe yellow/orange daisy like flowers of 'Britt Marie Crawford' are wonderful to see this time of the year. Photos by Doug Oster

blog britt3Check out those deep purple stems supporting the flowers.The dark yellow flowers of ligularia 'Brit Marie Crawford' explode with color in the shade. I love this plant.

The deep green leaves are supported with purple stems and looks beautiful on its own. The yellow/orange flowers emerging now are the gravy.

The plant is indestructible, thrives in shade and enjoys a good watering once a week. This season's rain has made it very happy.

After the flowers fade, the seed heads will put on a show through fall and into winter.

I originally threw these plants under a big Japanese maple where they struggled for a few seasons. Once they were moved to where they could enjoy a little rainfall, the plants thrived.

Either this fall or next spring I'm going to move one or two of these to a new spot. It's great to have a plant hitting its stride this time of the year.

'Britt Marie Crawford' is a winner that should find its way into most shade gardens.

blog britt 6bThe plant is growing outside the vegetable garden along side large leaf hostas.

 

 

 

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Vacation post - 08-19-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Taylor Pyatt. Acquired of waivers last season, Pyatt's Penguins career amounted to 34 games and four goals in 2013-14. Earlier this offseason, he joined Genève-Servette of Switzerland's NLA.

(Photo: Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

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Miranda Rights

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The news in recent weeks has been filled with stories of fatal chokeholds, beatings and shootings by police. The common denominator is that the victims are all black. There are two sets of rules governing behavior in this country, one for whites and one for blacks. 

081914 Miranda Rights

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Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG-AFTRA Life Achievement Award

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

Debbie Reynolds 51st SAGLifeDebbie Reynolds will be honored during the Jan. 25 broadcast of the SAG-AFTRA Awards. Here is part of the official press release: 
 
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 18, 2014) – Debbie Reynolds – actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness – has been named the 51st recipient of SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. 
 
Given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” the union’s highest accolade will be presented to the Oscar, Emmy and Tony-nominated Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (ET).
 
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard praised Reynolds’ artistry over her very accomplished career, saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements.”
 
Star of more than 50 motion pictures, two Broadway shows, two television series, as well as dozens of television, cabaret and concert appearances here and abroad, the 82-year-old Reynolds is celebrating her 66th year in show business. 
 
Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, she moved with her railroad worker father, mother and brother to Burbank, Calif., in 1939 and as a young teen performed with the Burbank Youth Symphony and in high school plays. 
 
At 16, she entered the Miss Burbank contest in hopes of receiving a free blouse and scarf, and not only won the title, but was seen by talent scouts from Warner Brothers and MGM, who flipped a coin to decide which studio would offer her a screen test. Warner won the toss. Mary Frances gained a studio contract and, courtesy of Jack Warner himself, a new first name, and a robust career that continues to this day. 
 
Among her more famous movies, of course, is “Singin’ in the Rain,” opposite star and co-director Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. She filmed “One for the Money” in Pittsburgh in summer 2010 alongside Katherine Heigl. 
 

 

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Rick Perry's vanishing endorsement

Just a few days after the state's primary election, Gov. Tom Corbett and a special guest showed up at an event in Washington County to talk about energy, jobs and taxes.

Corbett and his guest -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- tossed barbs at Tom Wolf, Corbett's newly minted Democratic opponent, and Mr. Wolf's plans to levy extraction taxes on the...

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