LWSC Pipe-borne Water Nationwide, An Imperative for Development

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) says its ongoing efforts to provide pipe-borne water throughout the country is crucial to the nation’s socio-economic development.A LWSC source recently confirmed to the Daily Observer that the availability of pipe-borne water for Liberians is crucial to the management of sanitation and health facilities in the country.Those who in the past failed to see the crucial link between health and sanitation now realize that Ebola has everything to do with sanitation, in which quality running water is an absolute necessity in prevention and eradication of the deadly virus.Adherence to frequent hand washing, a cardinal preventive measure stipulated by health authorities, played a huge role in hindering more Ebola contamination to the point where the virus is now on the wane.  The habit of frequent washing of hands with water and detergents could be more successfully sustained by having pipe-borne water available in communities throughout the country.The Ebola virus outbreak in Northwestern Liberia’s Lofa County glaringly exposed the acute weakness of the nation’s health and sanitation conditions.The ongoing efforts by the LWSC to rehabilitate public latrines and water facilities in several parts of the country are genuine indicators of a solid beginning in addressing post-Ebola challenges.It is a known fact that some support partners are ready to join in assisting Liberia in its drive toward sustainably addressing the growing post-Ebola challenges, including the availability of pipe-borne nationwide.But more importantly, Liberia as a nation, with the required fortitude, determination and resilience, must design effective and realistic projects and programs to cope with the post-Ebola challenges and constraints.It would be prudent for the Ministry of Public Works and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to join the current efforts of the LWSC and support partners bringing their resources and expertise to the table to help tackle the sanitation and environmental challenges of the nation.There is no gainsaying that the EPA, though compounded with administrative and policy challenges of its own, is a critical partner that must consider paramount on its agenda the post-Ebola challenges including protecting water sources, identifying safe locations for disposal of waste of all kinds and keeping pollution of the environment at a minimum.The EPA, if it could only graduate from its current activities of hosting international programs by drawing up initiatives that are tailored to the current environmental realities on the ground in Liberia, would help  make the country a better place to live.The challenge is for these three critical agencies of the Liberian Government —LWSC, Public Works and EPA—to mobilize their collective efforts and professional workforce together with support partners, such as the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and China to tackle the challenges obstructing the free flow of pipe borne water to every household in the nation.From all indications, in spite of the enormous challenges and problems, the government continues to enjoy the goodwill of friendly governments around the world, notably, United States of America, China, Nigeria, Germany, Norway, among many others who are willing to assist Liberia.The list also includes United Nations, African Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), International Monetary Fund and European Union.Principally, most if not all these countries and institutions have indicated and pledged their keen interest in the water, sanitation, hygiene and the general health sectors of the nation, especially in the  post-Ebola era.In conclusion, it should be recommended that unrelenting efforts to harness critical funds and technical resources from support partners be intensified in order to achieve the desired result of making pipe-borne water a norm rather than an exception in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


123rd ICT hub launched at Cumberland

first_imgThe Public Telecommunication Ministry on Thursday last opened an ICT Hub at Cumberland, East Canje, Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne making it the 123rd in the country thus far. Minister Catherine Hughes speaking at the launch of the facility at the Ordnance Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) building noted that the computers are for everyone to use and urged persons to make full use of them.“It is no good of us having the technology, having the computers, having the free internet access and nobody comes to use it.”Hughes added that at the end of the year a team will visit the information technology hubs to conduct training programs for interested persons.Meanwhile, Director of Community Development and Social Management, Phillip Walcott noted that the department continues to partner with communities and organisations as they work to provide Government services to the people of Guyana.“Without your support, without your partnership, without your cooperation, we could not have been standing here on behalf of the NDMA, and the Ministry of Public Telecommunication,” Walcott stated.While the Public Telecommunication Ministry through its NDMA department has provided laptop computers and an internet service for the functioning of the computer center, special thanks were extended to the Rotary Club of New Amsterdam.last_img read more


Two decades after second major win, Tiger still hungry

first_img0Shares0000Tiger Woods smiles during a practice round with Pat Perez, left, ahead of Thursday’s start of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mike EhrmannBETHPAGE, United States, May 15 – Tiger Woods pondered 20 years ago if he was destined to be a one-major wonder, but the reigning Masters champion remains golf’s biggest star despite an epic fall from grace.Woods, who ended an 11-year major win drought last month at Augusta National, competes for a 16th major title starting Thursday at the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. The 43-year-old American could match the all-time US PGA record of 82 wins set by Sam Snead and return to the world number one ranking for the first time since March 2013.“It’s great to be part of the narrative,” Woods said. “My narrative spans 20 years now… You’re measured in decades. Because of the nature of the sport, we’re able to hang around a lot longer and still be relevant.”Woods won his first major at the 1997 Masters but his second came at the 1999 PGA Championship at Medinah, when he held off Spanish teen upstart Sergio Garcia and launched a run of seven wins in 11 majors, including the “Tiger Slam” of four in a row in 2000-2001.“That was a big moment because at the time I’d won one major by 12 shots and hadn’t won since then, and it was a big deal to get a second major championship and get the numbers to start to accrue,” Woods said.“To be able to hang in there and somehow get that done, it just helped keep the momentum going from ’97 and then not winning anything in ’98. It just started the momentum and you can see what happens in 2000, 2001 and 2002. But ’99 was a big moment to kick start all that transpired.”And what a journey it has been. Woods appeared destined to break the record of 18 major wins set by Jack Nicklaus after collecting his 14th at the 2008 US Open despite playing Torrey Pines on a broken left leg.Tiger Woods pauses during a practice round for the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday at Bethpage Black © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mike EhrmannBut he lost his first major when ahead after 54 holes to South Korean Yang Yong-eun at the 2009 PGA. Three months later, the revelation of a sex scandal led to divorce while knee and back injuries took a toll on his game.Woods feared he might never life a normal life due to back pain until 2017 spinal fusion surgery allowed him to return to golf. In 2018 he won the Tour Championship and contended in two majors and last month he took a fifth green jacket at the Masters.– Tiger on ‘bonus’ time –“Anything post these back surgeries is a bonus,” four-time major winner Rory McIlroy said of Woods. “I still don’t think people understand what he did in April and coming back and with everything that he’s been through. It’s unbelievable.“Whether it’s the greatest comeback in sports, that’s probably up for debate, but from what I’ve experienced and the things that he said when I’ve been around him, to be 2 1/2 years ago from looking like maybe not playing golf again to winning the first major of the year and being the favorite going into the second, that’s unbelievable.”Sixth-ranked Woods tees off Thursday alongside British Open champion Francesco Molinari of Italy and defending champion Brooks Koepka, who seeks a third consecutive US Open title next month at Pebble Beach.McIlroy, Koepka, England’s Justin Rose and Woods all have a chance to overtake American Dustin Johnson for the world number one ranking.– Tiger’s new attitude –The golf bag of Tiger Woods, with its distinctive head cover, sits during a practice round at Bethpage Black ahead of the 101st PGA Championship © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mike EhrmannWoods is finding a new path to success in his second act, as Irish three-time major winner Padraig Harrington noticed.“He’s more comfortable with who he is at the moment. He has probably found a better balance to his golfing life,” Harrington said. “His game looks solid. He’s hitting lots of greens in regulation.“At Augusta, he closed it out. He just was interested in getting the job done. That’s a tough Tiger to beat when he’s in that frame of mind.”Getting a second chance at stardom after nearly losing it has Woods in a perfect situation, McIlroy said.“He’s in a different space in his life and he just seems very grateful for this opportunity to do what he loves and compete,” McIlroy said.“When you’re in that headspace where you’re just thankful to be out there, good things happen, and good things have started to happen for him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


Female soldier remembered

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “The city is very proud of those who enlist to defend our freedom in far-flung areas of the world,” city spokesman Matthew Weintraub said, adding that the service was an attempt to remember and honor Heredia. “We’re always saddened by tragedies (like these).” – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city hosted a memorial service Thursday for El Monte resident and Army Spc. Marisol Heredia, who died in September of wounds suffered in Iraq. Heredia, a 2005 Mountain View High School graduate, was wounded in a fire on July 18 at the Baghdad base where she worked as a petroleum-supply specialist, according to Department of Defense officials. She succumbed to her injuries at a Texas Army hospital on Sept. 7. At the memorial service – held at her alma mater – several guest speakers spoke about Heredia, including her former French teacher and a drill sergeant. Heredia was the first female soldier from the San Gabriel Valley killed in the Iraq war. She is the fifth soldier from El Monte to die in the conflict, according to Gutierrez. last_img read more


Job Vacancy: Leading Donegal company seeks Graduate Design Engineer

first_imgCassidy Brothers are seeking a Graduate Design Engineer to join their team.Job Title: Graduate Design EngineerContract Type: Full-time/PermanentHours of Work: 40 hours per weekSalary: Negotiable and depending on experienceJob Location: Buncrana, Co. DonegalRole Background The precast and bespoke concrete furniture, polished concrete and exposed concrete product range is becoming increasingly sought after in both the UK and Ireland.Due to recent project awards and continued growth, Cassidy Brothers are seeking to add to their team and speak with Civil Engineering/ Architectural graduates and technicians who are keen to take up a long-term role in their Buncrana office and assist the current team in place.The successful candidate will be required to assist with all the product aspects of the company however, in particular, the bespoke products.Typical duties include: – Preparing conceptual, schematic and detailed design solutions for various elements of civil engineering projects.– Liaising and co-ordinating with other design team members, clients and/or external consultants.– Occasionally attending design team meetings and client liaison meetings as appropriate.– Assisting in the preparation of drawing lists, programmes, specifications and progress reports.– Design/ Conceptualising a project brief. – Prepare fabrication drawings for the fabrication team– Depending on work-load, quality assurance and quality control document involvement.– Assisting management with tender and pricing compilation and submission– Amending and developing product marketing documentation. – Research & Development and product design refinementAcceptance criteria:– Minimum of a third level degree in disciplines such as Architecture, Civil Engineering or Construction Technology.– Fluency in AutoCAD working with 2D and 3D designs, experience with modelling software such as Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk VRED Professional or similar.– Fluency in Microsoft office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint mainly.– Excellent communication skills– The ability to work effectively to deadlines; and– The ability to work as part of a team.How to Apply:To apply for this position, please send a cover letter outlining how you meet the criteria, your current salary and when you would be available to commence employment, along with your CV to hello@hrteamgroup.com or via post to The Recruitment Department, HR Team, Catalyst Inc., Northern Ireland Science Park, Bay Road, Derry~Londonderry BT48 7TG; before Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 at 5.00pm.Please ensure that your cover letter and CV are within the same document and not two separate attachments.Job Vacancy: Leading Donegal company seeks Graduate Design Engineer was last modified: May 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaCassidy Brothersdesign engineerdonegaljoblast_img read more


Binnion Mass Rock Walk: Another great success!

first_imgThe committee of Ballyduff Community Group home Lifford would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those who helped make a success of the 5th Annual Binnion Mass Rock Walk, which took place on the 17th July.They would like to offer sincere thanks to those who sponsored prizes, sold tickets, took part in the raffle, helped with the BBQ, made monetary donations, helped organise the walk and a special thanks to all those who took part in the walk.  They would like to extend a special word of thanks to Tom McKean, Niall and Grainne Fitzpatrick, Vincent McGrath, Leonard French, Eddie and Marjorie Shiels, Eddie Shiels Jr, Michael Shiels, Kay Mahon and Robert McFarland, Gerald Crawford, Alice and Neil Sweeney and the staff at Maggies, James Lynch, Joe McKean and John Doherty.The committee would also like to thank everyone for their generous and unwavering support over the past 5 years. You have consistently helped us raise funds that have allowed Ballyduff Community Group Home to keep their bus on the road. They are truly grateful for all your help.Binnion Mass Rock Walk: Another great success! was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ballyduff community groupbinnion mass rock walklast_img read more


CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG

first_img31st October 2011Happy Halloween to you all!!I suspect we are all getting ready for the trick or treat’s that we will have in hoards to our doors tonight. We will enjoy watching the many different costumes and listening to the rhymes and handing out treats. Please spare a thought to the pets out there who find Halloween very stressful!  Many find the constant ringing of the doorbell and lively children a real stressful time! This, along with fireworks and bangers can cause damaging upset to pets.Put pets somewhere safe and maybe have some music or a radio playing to help drown out the constant noise. If your dog is seriously upset by fireworks, have you ever thought of buying a Thunder Jacket? It’s a device that wraps round the dog and it provides safety. There are things on the market which can help dogs such as Rescue Remedy drops (not the tablets) or calming tablets available from your Vet.If you are dressing up for a fun night out, make sure your costume is secure and should you be dressing up your pet, make sure it is safe and nothing can fall off or be chewed off and cause choking!Keep your treats out of your pets reach. Remember chocolate is poisonous to dogs and cansy can cause all sorts of problems too!! Pumpkins are fabulous when lit up with a candle. Make sure they are also out of reach for dogs when they start barking in case they knock them over and cause a fire. Kittens are also curiius so watch them also!After all that, please have a wonderful and enchanting Halloween with your loved ones!!CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOG was last modified: October 31st, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLARE BOYLE’S DOG BLOGlast_img read more


Here’s wishing everybody a PC Christmas

first_img After the campaign began agitating in Boston, it claimed victory when Mayor Thomas Menino conceded that the city’s holiday tree was, in fact, a Christmas tree. Separately, House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., demanded this week that the display at the U.S. Capitol be stripped of the generic holiday moniker it acquired in the mid-1990s and return to its Christmas roots. In Los Angeles, the trees around City Hall and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument at Olvera Street are consciously referred to as “holiday trees,” as they have been for more than a decade. There is no official city policy, however, that specifically prohibits using the word “Christmas” during celebrations, according to Contessa Mankewicz, press secretary for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. “Some people insist that it’s Christmas and that’s it, but the Jewish religion wouldn’t care for that,” said Ed Avila, president of Project Restore, the nonprofit group responsible for trees. “The city of Los Angeles symbolizes all the religious faiths in the city, so if people get mad, there’s not much we can do with it.” For as long as Avila can remember, he’s received no complaints on the name. The same goes for Olvera Street, where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attended the holiday tree lighting Friday night. “It’s the kickoff of the holiday season for Angelenos, regardless of religious belief,” said Rushmore Cervantes, general manager for El Pueblo. “In Southern California, with so many ethnic groups here, there seems to be a little more tolerance of different religious groups. That’s the beauty of Los Angeles.” While the agitators aren’t opposed to saluting other holidays, they do take umbrage against mandatory greetings such as “Happy Holidays.” Various groups have threatened Wal-Mart, Target and Federated department stores in the past for alleged exclusion of Christmas cheer. “Some people find a reference to Christmas offensive. Other people find it offensive if it’s left off. If you’re the owner of a store, you’ve got to take your chances,” said Kurt Barnard, president of Barnard’s Retail Trend Group, a New Jersey-based consultant. “All of them want advice from me, so they can say, ‘We did it because Barnard said so.’ What could I say? It’s entirely up to the store.” In the case of Federated – which owns Macy’s, Robinsons-May and Bloomingdale’s stores in the Los Angeles market – the policy instructs employees to greet customers with whatever greeting feels most comfortable to both parties. This results in associates having to do a bit of sleuth work, deducing that if a shopper refers to purchasing a Christmas gift, they’d likely want to be wished a Merry Christmas. “That comes up a lot,” said Jim Sluzewski, a spokesman for Federated. “The associates in our stores are encouraged to greet customers as they believe is appropriate. That might be Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Happy Kwanzaa, or even Mele Kalikimaka, since we’ve got a fair number of stores in Hawaii. Or they could say Habari Gani – that’s a traditional African greeting at the holiday season. “Our intention is to make every customer welcome.” Its holiday posters feature pictures of gift cards with the words “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” and “Joy,” because, in Sluzewski’s words, “I’m not sure there are many people who don’t believe in joy in some form.” Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks sets up a holiday tree while The Grove in the Fairfax District calls its 110-foot evergreen a Christmas tree. Both erect a menorah, as well, and encourage their staffs to wish patrons a “Happy Holiday.” A “Merry Christmas” isn’t prohibited, should the need arise. Conservative critics such as Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly contend that a generic holiday wish offends Christians, but Pastor Mike Williams of Shepherd of the Hills, an independent church in Porter Ranch, disagreed. “This is a season about Jesus,” said Williams, who serves as children’s pastor. “If people want to say ‘Happy Holidays,’ that’s fine. It’s a friendly greeting; take it at face value. This is a joyous time of year.” Exactly, agreed a bemused Bob Pranga, who makes a living erecting pricey holiday displays in well-heeled homes around Los Angeles. As owner of Burbank-based Dr. Christmas, he’s heard all the arguments for and against Christmas trees, Hanukkah bushes, holiday trees, and the like. To his way of thinking, at a time of year that’s supposed to be relaxing and pleasant, the argument’s a waste of time. “Just say ‘Seasons Greetings’ and call it a day,” Pranga said. “I have it happen occasionally and my belief is if someone’s taking the time to wish you well, just take the goodness of what they’re saying and say thank you. Everybody just gets too wrapped up in this.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 brent.hopkins@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There’s nothing like a bitter fight to spice up the peaceful, loving time of the holidays. Years ago, people on the street hailed one another with a hearty “Merry Christmas,” with no thought of how their greeting would be received. As they grew more cognizant of other cultures, they added “Happy Hanukkah” or the more neutral “Happy Holidays.” Then came “Happy Kwanzaa,” then the catch-all “Season’s Greetings.” So as not to offend those who celebrate different holidays or don’t celebrate at all, governments, shopping malls and stores opted for the most neutral salutations possible. And in this quest not to upset, feathers were ruffled. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We want Christmas returned to America,” said Jeremy Tedesco, litigation staff counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, a legal organization that’s waded into the holiday fray. After the arguments to secularize the holiday season in public, a battle has risen anew to put religion back in. The conservative Liberty Counsel organized a “Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign,” enlisting the support of the Rev. Jerry Falwell to pressure cities to call their displays Christmas trees and encourage the celebration of Christmas. The Christian Educators Association signed on to protect the singing of Christmas carols in schools, while the ADF offered up hundreds of attorneys to do pro bono work and spread its “Merry Christmas – it’s OK to say it” message. “We need to create a culture where people don’t think twice when they say ‘Merry Christmas,”‘ Tedesco said. “People can say whatever they want, but I think they’d enjoy a ‘Merry Christmas’ rather than a ‘Happy winter season.”‘ last_img read more


CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO HOST LETTERKENNY’S FIRST ECUMENICAL COMMUNITY CAROL TRAIL

first_imgLetterkenny’s Church Lane is lit up for Christmas.The true magic of Christmas will be in the air when Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter hosts an ecumenical carol service on The Church Lane on Friday, 19th December at 7.30pm.Organised in association with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, the carol service is facilitated by Trinity Presbyterian Church, St Eunan’s Cathedral and Conwal Parish Church. This event marks the first ‘Community Carol Trail’ in Letterkenny and all are welcome to come along and participate in a very memorable evening.The carol trail will begin at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Letterkenny’s main street at 7.30pm. Carol singers are asked to be in the church around 7.15pm, where the group will sing two hymns and listen to a short reading. Derek Fleming will play the organ in the church and at various other points on the trail. The group will then make its way up the Church Lane, stopping mid-way outside the Gospel Hall where a short passage will be read.Then it’s off to the top of the Church Lane and left towards Mount Southwell, stopping outside Cullinane Steele Architects at the Market Square.This building was once home to the Methodist Church in Letterkenny and here the group will listen to a short reading, followed by a rendition of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. This famous carol was written by Charles Wesley, younger brother of the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley.The next stop on the trail is the landmark of Letterkenny, St. Eunan’s Cathedral, where another two well known Christmas carols will be sung, followed by a short reading. The carol service will end at Letterkenny’s oldest building, Conwal Parish at the top of the Church Lane for more carols and a short reading. The evening will finish with tea and biscuits at Conwal Parish Church Centre. Hymns on the night include: ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’, Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David’s City, Love Came Down at Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem. This unique event promises to be a very special evening and hopes to give people the chance to take time and reflect on the real message of Christmas; ‘goodwill to all.’The Cathedral Quarter would like to thank Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Billy Alexander and Reverend Tommy Bruce from the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Very Reverend Fr Eamonn Kelly and Mary Ellen from St Eunan’s Cathedral and Canon Stuart Wright from Conwal Parish Church. So, come along on the Friday before Christmas and enjoy a very special night in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.https://www.facebook.com/SaveTheChurchLane CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO HOST LETTERKENNY’S FIRST ECUMENICAL COMMUNITY CAROL TRAIL was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cathedral QuarterChoir servicedonegalletterkennylast_img read more


DD Gardening: The humble strawflower – the star of my garden!

first_imgI’m a great fan of using annuals for fillers in the garden. Quick growing flowers are ideal for filling in gaps between shrubs and perennials whilst you’re waiting for them to bulk up and fill the space – and for every place you plant an annual a weed cannot grow!Throughout the growing season I plant a range of annuals to fill the spaces and to give colour at different times of the years, from Pansies in the spring to the flower-of-the-moment Strawflower.I adore Strawflower, from the colour variations to the touch of the flowers to the sound the flower makes – giving it the name Strawflower. Advertisement Easily grown from seed sowing this Spring the plants now are around 3’ high and full of flowers, and these flowers will be gorgeous as a cut flower and for drying later in the year.Now, while it’s too late for sowing these gorgeous Strawflowers in your garden for this year you can be thinking ahead for next spring and sow some Wallflower, Hollyhock and Sweet William seeds for colour in the garden next Spring.These seeds, sown now, will germinate easily, and then you can pot them on and when larger plant them out in the garden. Advertisement Over the winter they will sit all compact and stiff and then in the Spring they will bound in growth and produce some cracking flowers next spring… ideal as cut flowers or if left alone, they will self-seed and reappear each year in the garden.Remember all though you can argue that annual flowers are short-lived they provide a welcome splash of colour in the garden and where they grow a weed doesn’t!DD Gardening: The humble strawflower – the star of my garden! was last modified: September 2nd, 2017 by Gareth AustinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AutumnGardeningGareth Austinstrawflowerlast_img read more