Iris Cristata

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. One of the native irises that I found listed in the AC Moore Herbarium’s SC Plant Atlas is Iris cristata – dwarf crested iris.   The Herbarium map shows its having been collected in Richland and Kershaw and upwards –probably a good indication that those of us above the fall line could be successful growing this plant in our garden. Unlike most irises, Iris cristata prefers a slightly shaded spot in well-drained, rich soil -- perfect for the edge of a naturalized area.

There’s a lot of spring cleaning going on at this time of year and more than likely, you and your neighbors have a lot of stuff you may be thinking about getting rid of.  Instead of having a slew of single yard sales, why not have a street sale?  You’ll garner more interest from buyers because they’ll want to stop in one neighborhood rather than driving all over town to multiple locations.  

Debussy the Pianist

May 19, 2017

Many great composers have also been great pianists, genuine virtuosos who in addition to composing led successful careers as performers. One gifted composer/pianist who did NOT have a big performing career was Claude Debussy. He did often perform his own works, but he tended to get nervous, and he didn’t enjoy playing in public. And yet by all accounts Debussy was a wonderful pianist, especially noted for his remarkable “touch” at the keyboard.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. If you search you’ll be transported to the website for the AC Moore Herbarium so beloved by Dr. John Nelson and his botanical friends. Select Plants from the drop down menu and at the next screen go to the SC Plant Atlas. I did that and then selected the letter I for Iris to see what irises had been collected in South Carolina and in what counties.

"A" is for Alston, Joseph [ca. 1778-1816]. Governor. Although admitted to the bar in 1799, Alston devoted his career to the management of his extensive rice plantations in All Saints Parish. In 1801 he wed Theodosia Burr, daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr. Alston was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives and was its Speaker, 1805-1809. His support of upcountry demands for reapportioning the legislature led to the Great Compromise of 1808 and a constitutional amendment apportioning the House based upon population and taxable wealth.

A Visitor on the Sea

May 19, 2017
A male Bobolink in full breeding plumage at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.
Andrea Westmoreland [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr

A visitor receives a visitor on his boat; a Bobolink pauses in its long migratory flight. These birds can travel as many as 6,000 miles from their South American homes to their breeding grounds in the northern U.S. and Canada.

  Just like in the White House, there are many business people across the country currently in some form of transition in their careers.  If that’s you, our next guest would like to share with you a few tips on how to make a great impression, proactively becoming aware of the culture and politics of a new organization, and avoiding crucial errors. 

Mike Switzer interviews Dave Baker, a principal and senior consultant with the Palmetto Leadership Center in Anderson, SC.

Have you got an older refrigerator that works just fine, but looks a little less than attractive?  There’s no need to replace an appliance that still has a few years of life left.  So try these ideas for upgrading that old refrigerator. 

Mozart's Optimism

May 18, 2017

It’s hard to find a classical music lover who doesn’t love the music of Mozart. It’s when we try to describe why we love Mozart that things can get complicated. We’re describing something indisputably real—our love of Mozart—but unless we stick to strictly technical analyses, we have to use words that will necessarily be both subjective and metaphorical. My own words? I keep coming back to two: humanity and optimism.

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. The Greek Goddess Iris was represented by the rainbow which makes her name perfect for the iris flower which comes in a myriad of colors. Across the world there are two hundred eighty species of irises in North America we have twenty eight native irises. Many of them occur naturally or will grow perfectly happily here in South Carolina.

Leslie Pitner
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

Our next guest says that the odds are strong that your child’s orthodontist also treats adults.  What may be news to you though, is that she says you may have a very hard time finding an orthodontist that only treats adults.  And that is the niche market she is attempting to carve a presence in.

Mike Switzer interviews Leslie Pitner, who practices orthodontics for adults only in Columbia, SC.

"W" is for Westmoreland, William Childs [1914-2005]. Soldier. Westmoreland graduated from West Point as first captain of the cadet corps. During World War II he saw action in North Africa, Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and the Remagen Bridge. At the end of the war he was a colonel and commanded a brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division. He saw action as a commander during the Korean Conflict and, at the age of 38, was promoted to brigadier general. In 1960 he was named superintendent of West Point.

Glass Lizards

May 18, 2017
An Eastern Glass lizard.
Bert Cash/Flickr

The Eastern Glass Lizard is a legless species, often mistaken for a snake.

Broadband Access for Telehealth Continues to Vary

May 17, 2017
Palmetto Care Connection's Technology Director assembles a telehealth cart in Columbia, South Carolina.
Taylor Crouch/SCETV

When it comes to telehealth implementation, broadband access can be vital for a quality connection. Local and federal officials weigh in on its significance and some efforts to reduce reported disparities.

We’re in prime yard sale season and this is a great time to get gently used items for a great deal.  The best way to live green and reduce your carbon footprint is to simply reuse things that others may not have a use for any longer.  Yard sales, second hand stores, and even  flea markets are great places to find furniture, kitchen tools, clothes, bags, and so much more at reduced prices.  

Beethoven's Shadow

May 17, 2017

For convenience sake, the 19 th century is usually known as the era of Romanticism in classical music. This is not necessarily wrong, but it certainly does lump a great number of composers of very different styles into one broad category. Another way to view the 19 th century is simply as the era of Beethoven. And that’s because after Beethoven, all composers were seen and evaluated in Beethoven’s light, or rather in his enormous shadow.

Louisiana Irises

May 17, 2017

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Louisiana irises have been the subject of major breeding efforts – some natural occurring and others the results of human crosses between several native America iris species. Sadly, their natural habitat – the bogs of Louisiana – has been dramatically reduced in size. The good news is you can help ensure their survival by adding them to your garden.

As the uncertainty in healthcare continues across our state and the nation, one term we are hearing more of lately is high-risk pool.  What exactly is that and if it comes to South Carolina, how will it affect us?

Mike Switzer interviews Lynn Bailey, a healthcare economist in Columbia, SC.

"T" is for Toal, Jean Hoefer [b. 1943]. Lawyer, jurist. After graduation from Agnes Scott College, Toal received her Juris Doctor degree from the USC School of Law. She was associated with the Haynsworth firm in Greenville and later as a partner with Belser Baker Barwick Toal and Bender in Columbia. With the Belser firm she gained considerable experience as a litigator in state and federal courts. In 1975 she began a thirteen-year career in the General Assembly and became the first woman to chair a standing committee in the House.

Rudy shares verses on Spring from Thomas Hood's "Song."

This full-scale replica of Christopher Columbus ship the Nina serves, with its partner, the Pinta, as a floating museum and classroom, as it proved to students and tourists on a recent weeklong stop in Charleston.
Tut Underwood/ SC Public Radio

Christopher Columbus's historic voyages have come alive through full-size replicas of two of his famous ships, the Nina and the Pinta, which sail the east coast and internal river systems of the United States as floating museums.  On a  recent visit to Charleston, school classes and tourists got a feel for what life would be like on such a ship, called a caravel, on a trans-oceanic voyage.  Romantic, yes.

Parking Outside Richland County Administration Building May 15.
Thelisha Eaddy/ SC Public Radio

Day two of intakes for Richland County’s homeowner flood recovery program brought in almost half the number of registrations that county will accept. Around Midday Tuesday, the county had accepted ‘just shy of 300” registrations, that’s according to Public Information Coordinator Natasha Lemon.

The county was expecting a large influx of residents on day one of intakes. South Carolina Public Radio spoke with the County’s long-term disaster recovery director Mike King at Noon; he said there was more of a steady stream.

The last time we interviewed our next guest, he was telling us about a new fiduciary rule from the Department of Labor and the effects it might have on investors.  But a lot has happened since then, including a new administration in Washington that may affect the implementation of that rule.

Mike Switzer interviews Jeff Wildes, a certified financial planner in Georgetown, SC.

John Warner

A weekly update of the entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina.

Mike Switzer interviews John Warner is co-founder of Concepts to Companies and founder of the Swampfox Facebook page, based in Greenville, S.C.

Summer Window Tips

May 16, 2017

Keeping your HVAC system in tip top shape and managing your thermostat settings are great ways to help keep you cool this summer while helping keep costs down.  But have you inspected your windows lately?  If not, there may be some things that you can do to stay cool in your home.  For example, using a white or light colored curtains or blinds will reflect sunlight away from your windows and a thermal curtain can help stave off energy losses.  

In 1838, ten years after the death of Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann traveled to Vienna, and while he was there he paid a visit to the graves of Schubert and Beethoven. On a whim, Schumann decided to call on Schubert’s brother, Ferdinand, who was living in Vienna, and this turned out to be perhaps the most fortuitous social call in the history of music.

"S" is for Sanders, Dorinda [Sua] Watsee [b. 1934]. Farmer, novelist. After graduating from the segregated schools in York County, Dori Sanders attended community colleges in Maryland. Then, during the winter, she worked as a banquet manager. During the summer she worked on her family’s 200-acre farm and helped staff Sanders’ Peach Shed on US Highway 321. She had been writing for a number of years and in 1990, Algonquin Press published her first novel, Clover. The lyrical novel received rave reviews, won the Lillian Smith Book Award, and later became a made-for-television motion picture.

This week Bobbi Conner talks with Dr. Michael Schmidt about research exploring the role that the human microbiome plays in good health and in disease.  Dr. Schmidt is a Professor and the Vice Chair of Microbiology and Immunology at MUSC.

Beware the Man-of-War

May 16, 2017
A Portuguese Man-of-War, washed up on a beach on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.
James St. John [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Even the dried carcass of a Portuguese Man-of-War, lying on the beach, can sting.

Narrative: Mama Doe's Contagious Laugh

May 15, 2017
Jane Marshall and Cameron Blazer, Charleston 2012

This edition of Narrative features an interview from StoryCorps, an oral history project based on the idea that the stories of everyday people are the most important and interesting of all. When StoryCorps visited Charleston in 2012, Jane Marshall sat down with her daughter Cameron Blazer, to talk about her mother, Lois, Cameron’s grandmother, who was known as "Mama Doe."