May 14, 2009

Reader Questions:

click beetleQ: I have never seen a bug like this. It sat on my fence, posed for my camera, and I haven't seen it since! Joy J.

weedQ: A guy who does yard work for us brought this to us. He found four of them growing in a field. Tom S.

aphidQ: I found this bug on my rose bush and can't figure out what it is. Tim Z.

Garden Knowledge:

I hate this picture!
snake Snakes are common at this time of year but almost all are not harmful. Don't kill a snake instinctively.

Click here for my tips on living peacefully with these helpful creatures.

Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for May
Pinch rhodies, control fire ants, wear a hat, ...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.

Cool Plant

Hearts of Gold Redbud
(Cercis canadensis 'Hearts of Gold')
cool plantFlowering tree native to the eastern half of the U.S. Most of are familiar with the wild redbuds that inhabit the edges of woods with their bright lavender flowers in very early spring. Now we have an improved variety that has the same flowers but with golden-chartreuse foliage. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

May 16 - Norcross Garden Charity
May 16 - Hosta Show and Sale
May 16 - Garden Friends and Foes
May 23 - Wonderful Wildlife

Design Tip

Mailbox Plantings
mailbox planting Mailbox plantings, you either love them or hate them. Some have compared them to a shrine for the U.S. Postal Service, but I see them as an opportunity to create mini-gardens with height and color that are often the first landscaping features in the front to be seen. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum


Pike Nursery

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