August 21, 2008

Reader Questions:

Q: My tomato leaves are turning chartreuse then yellowing and spreading out. I've limed every year except this one to prevent blossom end rot. - Jill R.
Q: Can you help me identify this cotton candy webbing that is on my daughter's oak tree in Valdosta?
- Ed R.
Q: I found an odd bush in my back yard. It has light green hairy seed pods. Any idea what it might be? - Billy S.

Garden Knowledge:

Native Plants
Although not every native plant is drought-tolerant or carefree, their main advantage is that they are more adapted to our heat and humidity. Many are just as colorful as common non-native plants you'd find at a garden center. The University of Georgia has just published a great compilation of native trees, shrubs and vines you should consider for your landscape.
Pike Nurseries

Design Tip

Rain Gardens
This week's approaching tropical storm may provide us with some much needed rain. Hopefully, it won't be a deluge. If your landscape has a low area that seems to collect water or is slow to drain, why not turn it into a rain garden with beautiful plants that will thrive in such areas. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Cool Plant

Toad Lily (Tricyrtis hirta)
Perennial native to Asia. The toad-lily, I assume, gets its name from the spotted orchid-like flowers that are produced in the fall. This shade-tolerant perennial is easy to grow, adaptable to drought and a reliable bloomer. It flowers when many plants are finished for the season. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum
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.

Garden Calendar:

Watch for the red or yellow, spider-like flowers of spider lily, also called surprise lily - because the foliage is nowhere to be seen when it blooms. more....

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Garden Events:

August 26
Make Eyesores Into Beauty Spots

August 30
Backyard Campout

September 26
Plant Propagation and Hobby Greenhouses  

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