The Georgia Gardener Newsletter June 28, 2007
Garden Knowledge: Cicadas
Few sounds remind me of summer more than the song of the annual cicada.
Their rasping "rinnnnnnnk....rinnnnnk....rinnnnnk" coming from a tall pine tree tells me it's time to picnic, to run through the sprinkler or to drink lemonade on my patio. These are fascinating creatures, with an interesting life cycle. Click here to see a cicada nymph change into an adult.

Listen this Saturday at 9:00 and I'll talk about Japanese beetle control.

Reader Questions:
Q: At the end of your radio show, you said "You will never see a bottle tree in Buckhead!". Attached you will find pictures of my bottle tree, just north of Atlantic Station.  - Jo M.

Q: A cardinal built a nest just outside our porch, then quit sitting on the nest. After a week she came back and has been sitting on it. These eggs couldn't be viable. Are cardinals not very smart?
- Mary R.

Q: I have this plant in my DeKalb county yard. Can I grow it further north?
- Bonnie B.
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Crippsii Hinoki False Cypress
(maecyparis obtusa 'Crippsii')
Evergreen tree native to Asia. The Crippsii false cypress makes a wonderful specimen tree with its golden foliage which droops slightly at the branch tips. This plant can grow 50+ feet tall and 20-30 feet wide. It grows best in full sun with good drainage and it likes humidity. Learn more....

Design Tip: Blue Gardens
- by Theresa Schrum

Blue is my favorite color but it's also a color that's hard to capture in nature. Being classified as a "cool" color, it can seem almost refreshing on a hot summer's day. Try some of these plants if you're thinking of planting a blue garden. They should do well in Georgia. Learn more...
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. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world!


Garden Calendar:
Plant annuals in small beds that make a visual impact but are still easy to water. Try color bowls or large container plantings near the entry to your home

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