The Georgia Gardener Newsletter February 8, 2007
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Come see me at the Southeastern Flower Show this Saturday. Think I've never made a mistake? I'll share "The Garden Guru's Favorite Faux Pas" at 10:30 a.m.

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Garden Knowledge: Annual Bluegrass
Old timers call this one "po anner" due to its scientific name: Poa annua. The annual nature of this weed supplies its most noxious habit: it re seeds itself prolifically! Annual bluegrass is outwardly attractive in the winter but just wait until spring! The thick mat of bluegrass chokes out the better turf underneath.
Reader Questions:  
Q: My friend's Dad calls this plant "Bleeding Heart" but it looks nothing like the Bleeding Heart my mother grew in her yard in western Pennsylvania. It's a mystery to me. - Mimi S.

Q: I have been plagued by a sooty substance on the leaves on my gardenias. It seems to be accompanied by tiny white flies. Can you tell me what to do? - Harley S.
 
Q: I pruned my crapemyrtles over the weekend. I'm not sure I did it right. What do you think?
- Mike H.

Q: What is this vine and how can I eliminate it from my yard? It has miserable thorns and appears everywhere I want to be.
- Gene B.

Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on News-Talk 750 WSB on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. We'll discuss the latest observations of the natural world that Theresa Schrum has made from the seat of her pickup truck!

Design Tip: Plants for winter interest
- by Theresa Schrum
 

In the last newsletter, I gave a list of plants that bloom from fall to winter. However, your garden doesn't need flowers to have winter interest. There are many plants (evergreen and deciduous) that don't flower in the winter but are attractive nonetheless. Sometimes all it takes is interesting structure or unusual color. Learn more...

Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum


Ivory Prince Hellebore (Helleborus x nigersmithii 'Walhelvior') Evergreen hybrid perennial of garden origin. Hellebores (Lenten Roses) are practically perfect perennials. They grow in dry shade, are evergreen, bloom in the winter, have attractive bold foliage and are resistant to most pests, including rabbits and deer.
Learn more about this recently introduced variety called Ivory Prince...
Garden Events Garden Calendar:
Redesign your lawn for easier mowing. Eliminate sharp angles and narrow turf areas. Use mulch, new flower beds or a groundcover like mondo grass there instead. (more tips)
 
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