The Georgia Gardener Newsletter August 9, 2007
Special Drought Information:
Extreme heat and smog have not been kind to our gardens and gardeners. Do you know the current watering rules? Do you know how to water lawns in extreme heat? Walter Reeves has drought information you need to know. Click here for all the details.
Come Visit!
Theresa Schrum and Bruce Holliday will join me for a radio broadcast at Champion Windows and Patio Rooms this Saturday, Aug. 11. Bring your most vexatious pests for identification! Put Sept. 1 on your calendar - I'll be declaiming at the Decatur Book Festival.

Reader Questions:
Please explain what might cause this. It looks as though the pine cone grew downward and sprouted new limbs. Is this normal?
- Katie and Jeremy Y.
Do you know what this plant/weed is? If it is a weed, it sure is attractive.
- Terry H.
Can you identify this plant? It's growing in my neighbor's yard, and I really would like more for my garden.
- Jenny H.

Garden Knowledge:
Hometown newspapers once featured large or oddly shaped vegetables every summer. From my own childhood, I remember a squash shaped like a duck and a tomato that resembled Richard Nixon. Do you have vegetables that veer into weird shapes? Check out this "adult content" video of a male tomato. Email your pictures to me and I'll feature them in an upcoming newsletter.

Garden Calendar:
Prune tropical hibiscus plants you plan to bring indoors. Reduce them to a size that will fit in front of your sunniest window in December. (more tips)

Listen Saturday at 9:00 and I'll teach you how to grow kudzu successfully!


Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture during The Lawn and Garden Show on News/Talk 750 WSB Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world.
Design Tip: Fall Flowers
by Theresa Schrum
While it's almost too hot to go outside for any length of time, the cooler fall months are just around the corner and so is a new crop of blooming plants. Learn how you can have a garden full of flowers from the late summer into fall.
Cool Plant: Forest Pansy Redbud
by Theresa Schrum
(Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy') Tree native to the eastern half of the U.S. With the Forest Pansy Redbud, the reddish-purple foliage makes this tree attractive from spring until fall. Like other redbuds, it blooms with bright purple flowers in the very early spring. Learn More...
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Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener, 1601 West Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta,GA 30309