July 9, 2009

Reader Questions:

chimeraQ: We found a blackberry bush on which the leaves on one side of a few stems are completely white. What causes this? - Lila W.

spiny orbweaver Q: I almost bumped into this little beast this morning.  He looks like he forgot to take of his Halloween costume! - Roy Z.

cat claw vineQ: Here are some sad leaves on my tomato. I try not to use insecticides, but...dang. - Mary S.

Garden Knowledge:

Cicadas
cicada I've begun to hear a rasping "rinnnnnk.... rinnnnnk.... rinnnnnk" coming from pine trees. Cicadas are fascinating creatures, with an interesting life cycle. Click here to see one emerge from its case.
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Pike Nursery
Tour South African gardens with me!
I'll be accompanying a garden tour to Johannesburg Jan. 9 - 21, 2010. We'll visit numerous beautiful gardens plus spend time in Capetown and go on a safari to Pilansberg National Park.

Escape chilly Atlanta for sunny South Africa!
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Garden Calendar

Walter's To Do List for July
Prune hydrangea, plant sunflower, cut back basil, ...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

Turk's-cap Lily (Lilium superbum.)

cool plantPerennial native to the eastern half of the U.S. This statuesque lily grows to be 6 or more feet tall and during the summer months is covered with 3-4 inch yellow to orange spotted flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Great back-of-the-bed plant for summer color. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum


Design Tip

Hydrangeas in the Landscape

Hydrangeas Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful summer-blooming shrubs found in the South. As such, they have risen to the status of an iconic heirloom plant. Thanks to the late Penny McHenry, the founder of the American Hydrangea Society, and others, we have an ever-expanding palette of varieties to choose.
Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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Garden Events:

Jul 11 - Canoe the Chattahoochee
Jul 11 - UGA Garden Trials
Jul 13 - Snakes of Georgia

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