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Sugarland Oleander- Poisonous

Q: We planted a ‘Sugarland’ oleander recently. Our neighbor informed us it was poisonous to kids or pets and we have both. I find it difficult to believe a home improvement store would sell a poisonous plant with no warning on the label. What say you? A: I hate to be a smart aleck, but...

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Oleander – Frozen

Q: Last summer we planted these two oleander plants and looked forward to them coming back bigger and better this season. You can see what happened this winter in Cumming. What to do now? How do we care for these plants for the spring. A: Those shrubs were perfectly happy growing at a nursery in...

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Oleander – Pruning

Q: My six foot oleander was frost bitten this year. It has been growing near the wall outside our bedroom window for the last three years and has not been damaged by cold in the past. Should I cut it down or can it be saved by pruning? A: This is a “wait and see”...

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Oleander – Growing

Oleander is beautiful along the Georgia coast and in Florida in the summer. The red, pink and yellow flowers cover the plants most of the season. Although oleander can tolerate a little frost it is not considered hardy in Atlanta. You can grow it outside in a large pot during the summer and bring it...

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Oleander Plants – How to Grow

Q: I have two oleander plants I purchased in Florida a few years ago. Each winter they are killed by sub-freezing temperatures. They come back from the ground but bloom late in summer. What is the secret to growing oleander in central GA ? A: You have to find oleanders that tolerate cold weather. I...

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Oleander – Hardy in Georgia

Q: While traveling to Alabama I saw some Oleander trees for sale at Walmart, the label said they are hardy to 20 degree Fahrenheit. If this is true can they be planted here in Conley Ga? A: A brief dip to 20 degrees probably wouldn’t hurt them, but more than a couple of hours will...

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Sweet Flag (Acorus) – Scale

Former Extension agent Christi Heidt reports an unusual problem: scale insects on acorus (variegated sweet flag). As far as I can tell, this has never been reported before. Here are her comments: “I was really surprised about the acorus. I would bet that they came from a single grower. We bought them from an “unnamed...

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NC bush

Our family went to Wilmington Beach NC a few summers ago, and I saw this bush in a landscape at a shopping strip mall. It stood about 6-8 feet tall. Is this a bush that is harder in the Monroe, GA...

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Red Flowering Shrub in Ellenwood

This shrub blooms red flowers. Shrub is in full sun and is paired with another of its kind at the end of a residential driveway. What is this plant? Thank...

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Dogs – Landscaping for

If you have a dog or dogs, you know the damage they can do to a landscape. Whether digging under shrubs or pounding out a dirty path by the fence, dogs are quick to make their mark. My colleague Sheldon Hammond collected his thoughts on landscaping for dogs. ———————————- In my job as a County...

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Poisonous Plants

Through a good part of my childhood, one voice of authority manifested with equal weight alongside the commandments of my parents: that of Mrs. Mabel Prayor. An older neighbor, she was hired to cook meals, settle arguments, iron clothes and keep the house from burning down while my parents worked as school teacher and farmer....

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Planting zones- Explanation

I was following a slow-moving compact car on a suburban street last week when it suddenly pulled to the right and decelerated to a crawl. On-coming traffic kept me from passing. As I waited, the driver of the car grabbed a piece of white paper from his passenger seat and studied it intensely. He tossed...

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Loropetalum – Canker on Limbs

Q: My loropetalum has several dying limbs. I had assumed that it had simply been stung by cold weather. However it appears I have some type of critter munching on its bark. Is there treatment or should I just start all over again? What did this? A: At first I was certain that this was...

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Cold weather – Protecting Plants

(written in 2000)The predictions of the weather forecasters have proven true this winter season. It has been COLD!! After December, Atlanta gardeners have begun to appreciate the travails their neighbors from the North talk about each winter. We now see that the ground CAN be frozen for long periods and that touch football on Christmas...

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Toxic – A Lot Of Plants Are

Q: In a recent article you identified moon plant as datura. It worries me that you made no mention of its dangerous toxicity. A: If I had to mention the toxicity of every plant I write about, I think I’d unnecessarily alarm people. Azalea, Carolina jessamine, boxwood, lily of the valley, euphorbia, daffodil, oleander, tomato,...

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Changing Names – Just Call Me Frank

I have a friend whose middle name, given at birth, is Elizabeth. In the usual Southern tradition, she was immediately called “Betsy” by her family. She was “Betsy” throughout kindergarten, elementary school and high school. Hundreds of friends and family called her “Betsy”, thousands and thousands of times. Then, in her freshman year of college,...

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Single Stem Bush with Pink Flowers

Similar to oleander but it’s not. The leaves are soft with texture similar to lambs ear. The leaves at the top are like spikes. Flowers are pink. Single stem...

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Italy Trip 2013 – Plants and Gardens

Southern Italy is comparable to south Georgia and the northern half of Florida. There were lots of bougainvillea, oleander, lantana and geraniums. Surprisingly, there were no crapemyrtles! Back to Italy Trip...

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Angel’s Tumpet – Poisonous?

Q: A parent at my school is concerned that the Angel’s Trumpet planted in the school’s front yard is very dangerous. They couldn’t believe we had it near children. Should she really be worried? Should the plant be removed? A: In my opinion, the plant is not worrisome. Many common landscaping plants, including azalea, oleander...

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What plant is this?

We recently moved into our first house and have a few of these around the house. They seem to house a lot of spiders and we are thinking about cutting them down, any suggestions for replacement?...

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