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A Commute Beautified by Elderbrerry

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Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. Some people have horrible commutes; highways clogged with traffic and slow moving traffic even with speed limits of 70 miles per hour. My hour spent traveling from St. Matthews from Sumter is mostly a delight as I pass fields filled with row crops growing vigorously on those Fort , red clay enriched soils. Then I cross the Congaree and head into a long flat traverse with more fields and woodlands until I descend into  the Wateree flood plain. That last leg before I head up to the High Hills of the Santee is now spectacular in places where there are low spots where six the eight feet tall stands of elderberry abounds. These semi-woody perennial plants with their bold textured compound leaves are now topped with broad white flower heads filled with hundreds of small white flowers with noticeable yellow stamens.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.