The Georgia Gardener Newsletter May 18, 2006
Bring Your Hardest Questions!
It's your last chance of the season to visit a radio remote broadcast. Bring your plants, insects and weeds you want identified! We'll be at Champion Windows and Patio Rooms this Saturday from 6:00 to 10:00.
 
Garden Knowledge: Chimney Swifts
A chorus of shrill "cheeps" coming from the fireplace chimney in May does not signify bats. Bats almost never live in chimneys..... but the common chimney swift does! I look forward to their return to my open chimney in late spring each year. Our cat, however, does not!  

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Reader Questions
Q: My wife and I have found several small snakes in our front and back yard. They have each been about 12 inches long with the same markings. Do you recognize this type of snake? - Patrick C.

Q: What is wrong with my 'Heritage' raspberries? About 25% are healthy green but the rest look like this.
- Betty W.
Q: I have a three year old sycamore tree. No leaves have appeared yet; should I be concerned? I ask this because all of the other trees in my subdivision seem to have leaves on them already. - Nancy P. Q: We have an older witchhazel that has these weird green and pink growths on the leaves. There appears to be a hole in the back of the leaf, as if something burrowed into it. - Betsy M.
 
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Early Sunrise Tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise') : Perennial native from the Great Plains to the East Coast. Showy semi-double yellow flowers atop nearly 2 foot stems make this plant stand out in the late spring garden. Flowering begins in early May and continues for some time. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Deer resistant. Learn more...
Design Tip: Dry Streambeds
- by Theresa Schrum

A dry streambed can be a beautiful as well as functional addition to your garden. The design can create a focal point or be used to draw your attention to a particular area as well as handle excessive runoff and prevent erosion that can occur from heavy downpours.
Learn more...

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Garden Calendar
Drill a one eighth inch hole in the cap of a two liter soft drink bottle. Fill the bottle, cap it and upend it in the soil of your patio plants to slowly water them during the day. More Tips

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