November 9, 2011

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Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist, shows off a tray of Ascot Rainbow, one of several cool-season euphorbia varieties selected as Texas Superstars. Superstars must be easy to propagate, a requisite that insures designees are not only widely available throughout Texas, but reasonably priced too, Pemberton said. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

Fight droughty dullness with cool-season euphorbias

By Robert Burns
Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Find the lack of fall colors this year depressing because of the drought? Texas Superstars newest selections, cool-season euphorbias, can brighten up landscapes throughout the winter, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Cool-season euphorbias can add splashes of lime green, cream, pink and maroon with either solid or variegated foliage, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent in Bexar County.

Moreover, October is the perfect time to start planting the perennials.

“The keys to getting cool-season euphorbias off to a good start and ensuring they last through our winters are good bed preparation and early planting,” Rodriguez said.

There are seven Texas Superstar cool-season euphorbia selections: Ascot Rainbow, Tiny Tim, Rudolf, Glacier Blue, Purpurea, Blackbird and Ruby Glow.

Cool-season euphorbias take full sun to partial shade, and because they have been through the Texas Superstar selection process, they are “Texas tough” and adapted to conditions throughout the state, from the Panhandle to South Texas, said Rodriguez, who is based in San Antonio.

Doing well throughout the state is the first prerequisite for a plant to be admitted to Superstar ranks, said Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas AgriLife Research horticulturist and chair of the Texas Superstar executive board. A plant must not just be beautiful but perform well for consumers and growers throughout Texas.

“Superstars must also be easy to propagate, a requisite that ensures designees are not only widely available throughout Texas, but reasonably priced too, Pemberton said.

Cool-season euphorbias were chosen only after extensive tests in East Texas, Lubbock, San Antonio and College Station by AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech University horticulturists, Pemberton said.

“We were looking for another type of plant that we can grow through our typical mild winters into early spring,” Rodriguez said. “They look wonderful as a stand-alone plant as well as plants for borders. What people like to do nowadays is to use a combination of plants in large containers on the patio. With cool-season euphorbias they have a uniquely different foliage.”

“In fact, they can be at their best in containers,” Pemberton added. “They will survive unprotected in large containers on a patio unless the temperatures dip below 15 degrees. If the temperature does dip below 15 degrees, they will need some protection from the wind and cold weather in the ground or in containers. This will be more of a factor in northern Texas than in the southern part of the state.”

Euphorbia is a genus of plants that includes thousands of species, many of them not widely cultivated, but some well known, Rodriguez said.

“The common euphorbia that we all know during the holiday season is the poinsettia,” Rodriguez said. “Poinsettias are very tender when it comes to cold weather, of course.”

Unlike their poinsettia cousins, once established, the Texas Superstar cool-season euphorbias are very tough plants, tolerant of cold weather as well as diseases and pests. They are affected by cooler temperatures, but in a good way, he said.

“The foliage of some of the species tend to take on a kind of cool-weather or winter tinge,” Rodriguez said. “You get a kind of a pinkish or light-red appearance or greenish or light-green color of the foliage and the leaf margins. It’s a unique characteristic of these plants, I believe.”

There are lots of choices, Pemberton said, depending upon the effect wanted in the home landscape.

“For a tight mounding plant, select Tiny Tim,” Pemberton said. “If you wish for more of a red or dark maroon color, try Blackbird. Rudolph has dark-green foliage with red accents. Ascot Rainbow and Glacier Blue are notable for excellent cream and green variegated foliage.”

As with any seasonal planting, good bed preparation is essential for success with the plants through the winter, Rodriguez said. He recommended incorporating “liberal amounts” of organic material in the form of compost, working it in to the native soil.

Another essential step is to apply a substantial amount of pre-plant granulated fertilizer to help them get established and root early. Rodriguez recommended two to three pounds of “a slow-release granulated fertilizer containing a 19-5-9 analysis per 100 square feet of flower bed or copious amounts of Osmocote 19-6-12 for containers.”

This winter is predicted to be mild though on the dry side, so it’s also a good idea to dress the beds with a couple of inches of good organic mulch, he said.

“The organic mulch will help regulate not only the soil temperature but also help hold moisture,” he said. “Every second or third week, apply a good water-soluble fertilizer to keep the plants in a growth-positive mode. This will give them accelerated growth spurts and get them rooted as quickly as possible. Once they are established, they are somewhat drought-tolerant, as well as pretty much low maintenance.”

Texas Superstar is a registered trademark owned by Texas AgriLife Research. More information about the Texas Superstar program can be found at http://texassuperstar.com/.


2011 Texas Tree Conference honors tree lovers from across the state

Texas Forest Service

A longtime arborist from Austin was among several civic leaders and government officials from across the state to be honored for their dedication to trees during the 2011 Texas Tree Conference held in October.

Certified Arborist Nevic Donnelly — who serves as president of They Might Be Monkeys! Texas Tree & Land Care in Austin — was named the 2011 Texas Arborist of the Year.

In addition to the individual award, four project awards also were given out. The Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation was awarded the Arboricultural Project of the Year for The Green Ribbon Project: Corridor Aesthetics and Landscape Master Plan. The city of Grand Prairie, Dallas Parks and Recreation and Texas Trees Foundation each were given 2011 Gold Leaf Awards.

“These award winners exemplify the best of the best in tree care and community forestry,” said John Giedraitis, past president of the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and urban forestry manager for Texas Forest Service. “They serve as models for statewide efforts to plant, care for, protect and plan for the trees where we live, work and play.”

The awards are sponsored jointly by Texas Forest Service and the International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter.

Individual Award Winner

Nevic Donnelly, 2011 Texas Arborist of the Year, developed his love of nature while growing up in San Diego. He worked on a forestry crew with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection from 1992 to 1994, which is when he moved to the Lone Star State and got his start in the tree business. He took to the job quickly, proving himself as a good climber and one of the best in his profession. By 1999, he became his own boss as he launched They Might Be Monkeys! Texas Tree & Land Care.

Committed to both his own education and that of the community, Donnelly has served on a variety of boards and committees. He also is qualified as a certified arborist, certified tree worker and certified tree care safety professional, as well as a municipal specialist.

“Like many in our tree care field, Nevic has come through his impetuous and fiery youth to develop into a mature adult who has a passion for people and trees and seeks to serve them both to the best of his ability,” Giedraitis said. “He is becoming a master in his trade and is an active contributing member of his industry and community.”

Arboricultural Project of the Year — This award is designed to recognize a specific tree planting, care or protection project that exemplifies modern arboricultural practices and customer service.

The Green Ribbon Project: Corridor Aesthetics and Landscape Master Plan, Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation. Deemed the fourth largest city in the country, Houston is home to millions of miles of roadways that are traveled each day by just as many vehicles. The primary goal of these roads is to get people to and from their destinations in a safe manner. But the Houston District wanted to do more than that. They wanted to forest the region’s freeways and rights-of-way in an effort to beautify their concrete jungle. After launching the project nearly a decade ago, the Houston District and their many partners planted their one-millionth tree this year.

“Today, lush greenery, fresh flowers and trees of all sizes line most every freeway and many other roadways in the Houston District,” Giedraitis said. “Enjoyed every day by millions of residents and visitors as they use the region's freeways and thoroughfares, the spectacular proliferation of green provided by all these trees planted along the Houston region's freeways is substantial and priceless.”

2011 Gold Leaf for Landscape Beautification — This award is designed to recognize those who, through tree planting and landscaping, have enhanced environmental protection, conservation, beautification, energy conservation or wildlife protection. Landscaping without tree planting also qualifies if it has a positive impact on tree care and preservation.

Threes for Trees, Dallas Parks and Recreation. The Dallas Mavericks have a history of tree planting and this year was no different as they launched the Threes for Trees tree planting project. As part of the project, players pledged to plant a tree for every three-point shot made during this past season. In March, 320 trees were planted by volunteers in city parks.

Super Grow XLV, Texas Trees Foundation

Gearing up for one of the most-watched football games in the country, Texas Trees Foundation joined with the NFL to put on one of the largest pre-Super Bowl tree planting events ever. Plantings were held in 12 North Texas host communities, each of which received 45 trees. While the NFL hosts a tree planting event before every Super Bowl, this year’s marked the largest ever. It also was the first to map all the planted trees so their environmental benefits could be formally measured.

2011 Gold Leaf for Arbor Day — This award is designed for organizations or individuals who promote Arbor Day through special projects, ceremonies, news articles or observations with an Arbor Day theme.

Arbor Day Activities, City of Grand Prairie. The City of Grand Prairie has received the Tree City USA designation every year for almost three decades. During that time, it’s hosted three State Arbor Day ceremonies and numerous other local celebrations. This last year, the event drew more than 700 kids and 400 adults. More than 1,000 trees were given out.


Gardening tips

As a result of the drought, many Texas trees have entered survival mode and dropped their leaves prematurely so it is best to give them good care through the winter and a chance to rebound before removing them from the landscape. Often, you can tell if a tree is a live by gently scratching a small section of bark with your finger nail or pocket knife. If you see green then the tree is still alive.

Have a favorite gardening tip you’d like to share? Texas Gardener’s Seeds is seeking brief gardening tips from Texas gardeners to use in future issues. If we publish your tip in Seeds, we will send you a free Texas Gardener 2011 Planning Guide & Calendar. Please send your tips of 50 words or less to the editor at: Gardening Tips.


Did you know...

Hummingbirds not only feast on flower nectar but they also eat the tiny insects and spiders that are attracted to the nectar. In addition to plants that provide these food sources, be sure to provide a source of running water for them to bathe in, like a bird bath with a mister, dripper or waterfall. Keep the water shallow and place some small rocks in the water to vary the depth.


Upcoming garden events.

If you would like your organization’s events included in "Upcoming Garden Events" or would like to make a change to a listed event, please contact us at Garden Events. To ensure inclusion in this column, please provide complete details at least three weeks prior to the event.

San Antonio: Bexar County Master Gardeners class 54 and AgriLife Extension will present “Old-Fashioned Roses and Perennials” fro 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 9, at Christ Lutheran Church of Alamo Heights, 6720 Broadway, San Antonio. Dr. William “Bill” Welch, author of several gardening books, professor, and outstanding speaker, will share his vast horticultural knowledge. Dr. Welch’s latest book, Heirloom Gardening in the South, co-authored with Texas Gardener columnist Greg Grant, will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Welch. A portion of the proceeds helps fund the William (Bill) C. Welch Landscape horticulture scholarship fund which annually awards two $2,000 scholarships, one to an undergraduate and one to a graduate student. To learn more about Dr. Welch, visit http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/billbio.html. For more information, contact MG Sandy Justice at sandy.justice@bexarcountymastergardeners.org. Donation to help defray expenses would be appreciated but not required.

Houston: Patricia Greer will chair a panel discussion with Rowan TwoSisters and Nancy Edwards on "Everything About Food Preservation: Fermentation, Dehydration and More" at 6:30 p.m., Monday. November 14, meeting of the Houston Urban Gardeners. The meeting will be held at the Houston Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Dr. in Hermann Park, Houston. For additional information, call 713-284-1989.

Rockport: Darlene Goorish, Master Gardener, will present "Winter Care of Tropicals" from noon until 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 15, at the Aransas County Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, call (361)-790-0103.

Jasper: The Holiday Farmers Market and Craft Market in Jasper will be held November 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot at the intersection of Hwy. 190 and 96. Jasper Master Gardeners run a farmers market every Saturday morning, May through November, but the Holiday market is the grand finale to the season, with extraordinary craft vendors, food vendors, local musicians, charity bake sales and the Master Gardener plant sale. Would-be vendors are invited to call the Ag office at 409-384-3721 or market president Joanna McMurry at 409-382-3096.

La Marque: Terry Cuclis, a Galveston County Master Gardener, will present "Heirloom Tomatoes at a Glance" from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., December 10, at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Office in Carbide Park, 4102-B Main Street (FM 519), La Marque. The presentation will cover the advantages, disadvantages and history of heirlooms. More than 25 heirloom varieties will be discussed. Heirloom tomato seeds will be made available to the participants. 

Comal County: Applications are now being accepted for the Comal Master Gardeners classes starting January 18 and running through May 2, 2012. Class size is limited to 30. For more information, visit http://txmg.org/comal/, call AgriLife at 830-620-3440, or email vicepresident@mastergardener.comal.tx.us.

Houston: The Great Plants for Houston Fruit Tree Sale will take place at the Texas AgriLife Cooperative Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Dr., Houston. The sale opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m., Saturday, January, 28, 2012. The fruit tree varieties offered at the sale will be adaptable to grow and produce in the Houston area climate. See a selection of avocado, apple, fig, persimmon, pomegranate, plum, pecan, peach and even surprises such as blackberry bushes. Arrive early; those blackberry bushes always sell out fast. An “Ask a Master Gardner” booth in the Extension auditorium will be staffed by experts ready to discuss garden, fruit tree planting and pruning questions. There will be a garden book sale In the Extension Lobby offering the latest in information about gardening. For more information, call 281-855-5600.

New Braunfels: The Comal Master Gardeners will sponsor a Backyard Vegetable Gardening Seminar at the New Braunfels Convention Center on Saturday, February 11, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Patty Leander, contributing writer to Texas Gardener Magazine, and Daphne Richards, Travis County AgriLife Extension Agent. Included in the $47 registration fee are demonstrations with hands-on activities, door prizes, detailed handbooks and lunch. Attendance is limited. Register at http://txmg.org/comal/future-events/seminar. For additional information, call 830-620-3440.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

Houston: The Harris County Master Gardeners meet at noon the first Tuesday of each month at the Texas AgriLife Extension, 3033 Bear Creek Drive (near the intersection of Highway 6 and Patterson Road), Houston. For additional information visit http://hcmga.tamu.edu or call 281-855-5600.

Rockport: Monthly meetings of the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners are held at 10 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at Texas AgriLife Extension Service - Aransas County Office, 611 E. Mimosa, Rockport. For additional information, e-mail aransas-tx@tamu.edu or call 361-790-0103.

Wichita Falls: The Wichita County Master Gardener Association meets at 5:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 600 Scott Street, Wichita Falls, on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit http://www.overthegardengate.org or call 940-716-8610.

Kilgore: Northeast Texas Organic Gardeners meets at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, call Carole Ramke at 903-986-9475.

Allen: The Allen Garden Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, February through December, at the Allen Heritage Center, 100 E. Main St., Allen. For more information, visit www.allengardenclub.org.

Brownwood: The Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the first Thursday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk Ave., Brownwood. For further information, call Mary Green Engle at 325-784-8453.

Gonzalas: Gonzales Master Gardeners Association holds their monthly meeting on the first Thursday of each month. A short program is presented. The meeting is held from noon until 1 p.m. at 1405 Conway St. (Odd Fellows Lodge). Bring a bag lunch, drinks provided. Contact AgriLife Extension Office at 830-672-8531 or e-mail gonzales@ag.tamu.edu for more information.

Austin: Austin Organic Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Zilker Botanical Gardens in Austin. For more information, visit www.main.org/aog.

Marion: The Guadalupe County (Schertz/Seguin) Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets on the second Tuesday of each month except July and August at The Library, 500 Bulldog, Marion. There is a plant exchange and meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For more information or an application to join NPSOT visit www.npsot.org/GuadalupeCounty/ or contact contact guadalupecounty@npsot.org.

Longview: The Gregg County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Wednesday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension Office, 405 E. Marshall Ave., Longview. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program preceding the business meeting. For further information call Cindy Gill at 903-236-8429 or visit www.gregg-tx.tamu.edu.

Rockport: The Rockport Herb & Rose Study Group, founded in March 2003, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. at 619 N. Live Oak Street, Room 14, Rockport, to discuss all aspects of using and growing herbs, including historical uses and tips for successful propagation and cultivation. Sometimes they take field trips and have cooking demonstrations in different locations. For more information, contact Linda 361-729-6037, Ruth 361-729-8923 or Cindy 979-562-2153 or visit www.rockportherbs.org and http://rockportherbies.blogspot.com.

Beaumont: The Jefferson County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the AgriLife Extension Office, 1225 Pearl Street, Suite 200, Beaumont. For more information, call 409-835-8461.

Brownwood: Brown County Master Gardeners Association meets the second Thursday of each month, from Noon to 1 p.m., at the Brown County AgriLife Extension Office, 605 Fisk, Brownwood. For additional information, call Freda Day 325-643-1077, or Mary Engle 325-784-8453.

Georgetown: The Williamson County Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street. Georgetown. For additional information, contract Billye Adams at 512-863-9636 or visit http://www.npsot.org/WilliamsonCounty/default.htm.

Orange: The Orange County Master Gardeners meet at the Salvation Army in Orange on the second Thursday of each month. A covered-dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. is followed by a speaker and business meeting at 7 p.m.

San Antonio: The San Antonio Herb Society meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels (corner of Funston & N. New Braunfels). For more information on programs, visit www.sanantonioherbs.org.

College Station: The A&M Garden Club meets on the second Friday of each month during the school year at 9:30 am at the Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 Rio Grande, College Station. Expert speakers, plant sharing, and federated club projects help members learn about gardening in the Brazos Valley, floral design, conservation, and more. For more information, visit http://www.amgardenclub.com/.

Dallas: The Rainbow Garden Club of North Texas meets the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Meetings are held at member’s homes and garden centers around the area. For more information, visit www.RainbowGardenClub.com.

Arlington: The Arlington Men's Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the third Monday of each month (except December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact Lance Jepson at LJepson@aol.com.

Cleburne: The Johnson County Master Gardeners meet at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at McGregor House, 1628 W. Henderson, Cleburne, which includes a program and a meet & greet. For more information, call Diane Asberry at 817-558-3932.

Sugar Land: The Sugar Land Garden Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through November and January through April at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The club hosts a different speaker each month. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org.

Denton: The Denton Organic Society, a group devoted to sharing information and educating the public regarding organic principles, meets the third Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the Denton Senior Center, 509 N. Bell Avenue. Meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are preceded by a social at 6:30. For more information, call 940-382-8551.

Glen Rose: The Somervell County Master Gardeners meet at 10 a.m., the third Wednesday of each month at the Somervell County AgriLife Extension office, 1405 Texas Drive, Glen Rose. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call 254-897-2809 or visit www.somervellmastergardeners.org.

Granbury: The Lake Granbury Master Gardeners meet at 1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Hood County Annex 1, 1410 West Pearl Street, Granbury. The public is invited to attend. There is an educational program each month preceding the business meeting. For information on topics call 817-579-3280 or visit http://www.hoodcountymastergardeners.org/.

Seabrook: The Harris County Precinct 2 Master Gardeners hold an educational program at 10 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at The Meeting Room at Clear Lake Park (on the Lakeside), 5001 NASA Road 1, Seabrook. The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://hcmgap2.tamu.edu.

Houston: The Native Plant Society of Texas — Houston (NPSOT-H) meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except for October (4th Thursday) and December (2nd Thursday). Location varies. For locations, for more information on programs, and for information about native plants for Houston, visit http://www.npsot.org/Houston.

Rosenberg: The Fort Bend Master Gardeners meet at 7:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month except December at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-341-7068 or visit www.fbmg.com.

Seguin: The Guadalupe County Master Gardeners meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month, except December, at the Texas AgriLife Extension Bldg. at 210 E. Live Oak, Seguin. An educational program precedes the business meeting. The public is invited to attend. For topic or other information, call 830-379-1972 or visit www.guadalupecountymastergardeners.org.

Atlanta: The Caddo Wildflower Chapter of Native Plants Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Horne Enterprise building in Atlanta at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome. For additional information, contact Kay Lowery at frostkay268@aol.com.

Brackenridge Park: The Native Plant Society San Antonio Chapter meets every fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Lions Field Adult and Senior Center, 2809 Broadway at E. Mulberry, Brackenridge Park, except August and December. Social and seed/plant exchange at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bea at 210-999-7292 or visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio.

Edna: The Jackson County Master Gardeners present their "Come Grown With Us" seminars on the fourth Tuesday of each month, January through October, beginning at 7 p.m. at 411 N. Wells, Edna. The seminars are free, open to the public and offer 2 CEU hours to Master Gardeners or others requiring them. For additional information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 361-782-3312.

Fort Worth: The Organic Garden Club of Forth Worth meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month except July and December at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens main building. Refreshments are served. For more information, call 817-263-9322 or visit www.ogcfw.webs.com.

San Antonio: The Native Plant Society of Texas San Antonio Chapter meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, except August and December, at the Lions Field Adult & Senior Center, 2809 Broadway, San Antonio. Social and plant/seed exchange at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.npsot.org/sanantonio or call Bea at 210-999-7292.

Leander: The Leander Garden Club meets on the fourth Thursday of each month (except July and August) at 10:30 a.m. at the Leander Presbyterian Church, 101 N. West Drive, Leander, unless there is a field trip or an event at a member's home. Following a short business meeting, there is usually a program, followed by a shared pot-luck luncheon. To confirm the meeting place and time, please call Cathy Clark-Ramsey at 512-963-4698 or email texascatalina@yahoo.com.

Dallas: The Dallas Organic Garden Club meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month at the North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd., Dallas. For more information, call 214-824-2448 or visit www.dogc.org.

Arlington: The Arlington Organic Garden Club meets from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month (except November and December) at the Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center Street, Arlington. For more information, contact David at 817) 483-7746.


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