The Georgia Gardener Newsletter July 12, 2007
Garden Knowledge: Japanese Beetles
Coppery-green Japanese beetles hatch from lawns in June and July each year. Once they emerge, the beetles head straight for their favorite plants. The leaves of grape, canna, flowering cherry and silver lace vine look like lace doilies after the beetles have dined on them. They burrow into the center of rose blooms and rapidly ruin them. Get the upper hand!

Listen Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and I'll tell you how to keep squirrels out of your tomatoes!
Reader Questions:
Q: This was referred to as "Missouri primrose" in northwest Arkansas. I have it in a south-facing garden that is very dry but it spreads profusely. Can you tell me what it is? - Trish C.
   

Q: Three days ago I noticed a spot in my bermudagrass that was bleached blond. The next day there was another blonde circle. Are aliens landing in my yard at night? - Brooks H.

Q: What is this thing? They have appeared on my half runner beans and appear just to be eating leaves. - Charles L.

Garden Calendar:
Going on vacation? Most houseplants will grow just fine while you're gone if placed on a wet towel in your bathtub with the curtain drawn.

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Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia)
Shrub native to the Eastern U.S. Summersweet is an attractive deciduous shrub that blooms in summer with upright 2-4 inch spikes of fragrant white or pink bottlebrush flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. It tolerates dry to wet soil, full sun to partial shade and has few pests. Learn more....
Design Tip: Ferns in the Garden
- by Theresa Schrum
 
There are many hardy and even some evergreen ferns that grow exceptionally well in Georgia. Even in the midst of one of our worst droughts, there are ferns that will thrive without supplemental water. There are even a few ferns that can handle the sun. 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!
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