Saturday, March 04, 2023

GardenDC Podcast Episode 140: Daphne, Edgeworthia, and Relatives

In this episode of GardenDC: The Podcast about Mid-Atlantic Gardening, we talk with Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum, all about Daphne shrubs and their relatives. The plant profile is on Sarcococca and we share what's going on in the garden as well as some upcoming local gardening events in the What's New segment. We close out with Steve Ellington, host of the Rootbound Podcast, who shares the Last Word on Jerusalem Artichokes.

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Show Notes: 01:24 Meet Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum! 1:49 Was Weathington born with chlorophyll in his veins and a green thumb? 02:30 “[I] was a business student for 20 minutes…” 03:28 Plant blindness. Did you have it? 04:40 If it’s not something with fangs, we’re conditioned to ignore it. 06:13 Weathington planned on working for a wholesale nursery after college. 07:29 “If you want to learn plants, go work at a retail garden center.” 08:35 Weathington withdrew his name from every job application before the position at JC Raulston opened up. 09:53 “[I do this] to have an impact on the world.” 13:32 Weathington tells everyone to amend their entire yard. 14:09 “It’s a joy to garden [with my bare hands].” 14:39 All about Weathington’s home garden. 16:08 Hardy Gesneriads! 17:40 What is the Daphne family? 18:25 If you have Edgeworthia in your garden, you know what you’re doing. 20:37 Ideal growing conditions for Daphne! 21:47 “The smaller the plant you plant, the easier it is to establish.” 23:11 People are good gardeners because they’ve killed enough plants to have good compost. 26:45 When should I establish Daphne? 30:42 Weathington doesn’t fertilize his plants – people mostly over fertilize. 32:29 The dreaded four letter word: deer. (This time it isn’t bad!) 33:01 Pruning Daphne – when to do it. 34:45 Propagating Daphne, is it easy? 35:48 Guess what Weathington’s favorite varieties are! 36:48 Daphne pseudomezereum – good luck finding it. 40:08 Which Daphne is the most widely grown? And is it hardier and more aromatic? 42:07 When growing Daphne in a container, it needs to be repotted every few years. 43:03 “It’s perfectly hardy in zone 6 until zone 6 has a zone 6 winter.” 45:34 Edgeworthia papyrifera vs. Edgeworthia chrysantha 48:08 “I wouldn’t garden without Winter Daphne.” 50:30 Sarcococca: this week’s Plant Profile. 52:11 Garden updates: mid-season Daffodils are blooming and colorful Dutch Hyacinths. 52:30 Upcoming events: Rooting DC; Tacoma Hort Club; Cherry Blossom Peak Bloom. 54:32 “The Urban Garden” by Kathy Jentz and Teri Speight 55:31 “Groundcover Revolution” by Kathy Jentz 56:53 The Last Word on Jerusalem artichokes by Steve Ellington, host of the Rootbound Podcast

If you liked this episode, you may also enjoy listening to:

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 6: Spring-Flowering Trees and Shrubs

~ GardenDC Podcast Episode 75: Versatile Viburnums

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Episode Credits:
Host and Producer: Kathy Jentz
Editing and Show Notes: Jessica Harden


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