January 22, 2009

Garden Knowledge:

Poinsettia Care
poinsettiaBrightly colored poinsettias are enjoyed by everyone during the holidays. Afterward, you have two choices for the plant: toss it...or try to keep it alive for another season.
I have tips on how to do just that

Garden Calendar:

Check bulbs, prune pears, plant English daisy, ...more

Meet the Experts

On Jan. 31, Atlanta will have more garden knowledge in one place and at one time than anywhere else in the US! Lance Walheim, from Bayer Advanced, and Ashton Ritchie, from Scotts, will join Theresa and me on Saturday morning. With over 100 years of experience between four experts, garden problems don't stand a chance!

You've heard me talk about my TV work at Callaway Gardens for years. Now you can visit for free! The gates are open to everyone through Feb. 28. Click here for details

Reader Questions:

mistletoeQ: Can you tell me what this aberrant foliage is? It is growing on a fringe tree and this is its first appearance. Martha G.

christmas cactusQ: My Christmas cactus bloomed and now I find this fruit on it. Is it possible that there are viable seeds inside? Scott H.

snow moldQ: Can you tell me if this is something I should be concerned about? These spots are about the size of softballs. David M.
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.

Cool Plant

Weeping Winged Elm
(Ulmus alata 'Lace parasol')
Weeping Winged ElmDeciduous tree native to the Eastern U.S. This dwarf weeping variety of our native winged elm is a wonderful small specimen tree that has year round interest. The unusual winged ("corky") bark on the limbs and trunk make for great winter interest while the parasol habit is attractive in summer. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Jan 24 - Beekeeping Shortcourse
Jan 26 - Gardening on Slopes
Jan 28 - Growing Unique Fruit

Design Tip

Surface Roots of Trees
tree rootAs some trees mature, they tend to develop surface roots that can extend quite far from the trunk. In a landscape situation these roots can range from annoying to destructive. Cutting or burying tree roots in order to avoid damage to structures or to simplify mowing isn't always a good idea. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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