Chris Olsen on poached apples, pruning your rose bushes

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chris Olsen from Botanica Gardens is here to tell us about delcious pached apples and the best way to prune your rose bushes.

    First Segment:   "Delicious Poached Apples"

    Make that perfect summer dessert that is so tasty and completely out side of the box.  


    1 bottle dry rose Champagne

    1/4 cup sugar

    1 vanilla bean (split)

    1/4 cup Greek yogurt

    Scented Honey

    Ground Cinnamon

    Whole pink peppercorns. lightly crushed

    4 Fuji Apples  

    In a pan go ahead and mix together sugar, vanilla bean and champagne.  The champagne will foam so no worries.  Core, halve, and peel apples.  Place apple halves into mixture.   Bring your mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat. Simmer, covered, 10 to 15 minutes or until your apples are tender but not too soft.  Remove apples and set aside.  Go ahead and remove the vanilla bean.  Now boil the remainer mixture gently uncovered for about 25 minutes.

    Serve by first drizzling a layer of champagne mixture on a plate and then place the apple half.  Now place a dollop of Greek yogurt in the middle of the apple half.  Drizzle honey  over the top of the apple half and the yogurt.  For the final touch, sprinkle with ground cinnamon and crushed peppercorns.  Makes about 4 servings.


    Second Segment:  "Preparing Your Roses for an Autumn Rebloom"

    August is the perfect time to go ahead and prune your bush roses back to about half their existing size.  Now fertilizer with an all purpose fertilizer and add some blood meal to the mixture as well.  Remulch if necessary.  Spray with a insecticide and a fungicide mixture when they flush out with their new growth.   Now your roses will be in full bloom once again for the autumn season.  They love the cooler nights that are just around the corner.   

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