January 8, 2009

Reader Questions:

quinceQ: Could you please tell me what this fruit is? It's very large with flesh more like an apple than a pear. Some of the fruits are very elongated. Donna O.

calla liliesQ: I want to share pictures of my calla lilies growing in the perfect spot I believe. Everyone goes absolutely nuts over these flowers each year. Scotti M.

collembolaQ: My friends showed me a mysterious substance on their concrete driveway after a warm rain. It is made up of tiny bugs! Yasuko R.

Garden Knowledge:

Pruning Crape Myrtles
crepe myrtle One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crape myrtles. They are mercilessly "murdered" by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter.... yet they still bloom in summer. Poorly pruned crape myrtles are UGLY, though. Here's how to do it correctly

Cool Plant

Winter King Hawthorn
(Crataegus viridis 'Winter King')
hollyDeciduous tree native to the Eastern U.S. Hollies aren't the only plants known for their bright red winter berries. The Winter King hawthorn is a cultivar of the native green hawthorn. This tree has lovely year round interest: white flowers in May, handsome foliage, peeling bark and bright red winter fruit. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Design Tip

Flowers From Fall to Spring
blood rootJust because it's winter doesn't mean that we can't have hardy plants with flowers in our landscapes. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Calendar:

Prepare for roses, fertilize pansies, chop kudzu, ...more
Be sure to listen to Garden Basics on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. We'll open the phone lines for first time homeowners to ask their most puzzling questions.

Cheep Cheep!

If you're a wanna-be farmer, or a teacher who wants to enliven a classroom, join me for "Baby Chicks in the City: Hatching Your Own Flock" at Oakhurst Community Gardens on Feb. 17. It will be an educational evening on how to order, incubate, hatch, and raise chicks.

Garden Events:

Jan 10 - Hawks of GA
Jan 16- Southern Gardening Symposium
Jan 17 - American Rhododendron Society

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