The Georgia Gardener Newsletter July 26, 2007
Garden Knowledge: Just Call Me Frank

I found myself gardening in the dark last week. It reminded me that we all are partial products of our parents. And since I had a mother, father and grandmother who enjoyed plants, it's no wonder I garden now - despite my vow to never let it happen. Click here to discover why we can't escape our heritage.

Listen Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and I'll tell you about an experiment you can do with yellowjackets.

Come Visit!

I'll be answering questions at the Georgia Master Gardener Association meeting in Athens on Aug. 4. Registration is open to the public and there are great speakers besides me!

Theresa Schrum and Bruce Holliday will join me for a radio broadcast at Champion Windows and Patio Rooms on Aug. 11. Bring your most vexatious pests for identification!
Reader Questions
Q: My maples' bark is cracking and peeling. The trees were planted a year ago by the builder. My homeowners association tells me I'm responsible for the trees What can I do? - Polly M.

Q: This squash plant volunteered near my backyard garden. I've never seen any like this. Can you tell me what kind this is?
- Ed P.
Q: I have a critter ripping, shredding and eating up my sugar maples. It's becoming a big problem. Will the trees survive? - Betty G.

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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.
Cool Plant of the Week:
- by Theresa Schrum

Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
Perennial native to the SE U.S. By far, this plant has one of the largest flowers native to the U.S. In summer this 6+ foot tall perennial blooms with 6-8 inch scarlet red flowers. The blooms are very attractive to hummingbirds. Educate your neighbors about this plant so they won't call the police. Learn more...
A Tribute to Lady Bird Johnson: Wildflower Meadows Seed
- by Theresa Schrum
 
For many years former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson was an advocate of native wildflowers. Thanks to her, government funds were approved to plant wildflowers along our nation's highways. Wildflower meadows have increased in popularity, but contrary to what some say they aren't maintenance-free.  Learn more...
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Garden Calendar:
Prune figs lightly now, removing the tall shoots in the middle of the bush. Fruit on horizontal limbs will develop best. (more tips)

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