March 19, 2009

Garden Knowledge:

Last Frost Past?
ice on camelia Theresa Schrum and I have noticed tomatoes, basil and impatiens offered for sale at a couple of big box stores recently. Fortunately, most gardeners are smart enough to know that it's too early to plant these frost-tender babies. Air temperatures and soil temperatures are too low for the plants to grow. So when is the last frost each year? Would you be surprised to know it has been as late as mid-April?

Find out more

Come See Me!

I'll be doing a radio broadcast at the Suwanee Pike Nursery March 28, hosting a free webinar on April 4 and teaching at Evening at Emory on April 14.

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Garden Calendar:

Look for scale, repot houseplants, prune forsythia, ...more

Reader Questions:

woodpecker damageQ: What caused the damage to the fascia board on our house?
- Dan J.

fallen treeQ: One of our pecan trees was brought down by wet snow this winter. Can we save this tree?
- Mark and Carol G.

Q: I have 5 Little Richard abelias that look mighty sick. Are they dying?
- Cathy B.

Encore Azalea Webinar:
Our fourth free online webinar is scheduled for April 4: "Lush Lawns and Great Grasses!" from 11:00 a.m. until noon.
*Click here to register*
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

Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
cool plantEvergreen vine native to the southern U.S. Carolina jessamine (aka jasmine) is one of the earliest of the flowering native vines with its fragrant tubular yellow flowers that cover the entire plant. Sporadic flowers appear through the season. This is a great plant for arbors and fences. Extremely fast growing. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Mar 21 - Holy Comforter Plant Sale
Mar 22 - Vegetable Gardening at Home
Mar 22 - A Bushel of Potatoes

Design Tip

Flowering Trees for the Landscape
redbud We are rapidly approaching the season of the more familiar flowering trees such as cherries, redbuds, dogwoods and those nasty white trees. However, we have a much longer flowering tree season than many people are aware. We have trees that bloom in the late spring, summer, fall and even winter.
Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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