October 2, 2008

Fall Webinar!

Our third free online webinar is scheduled for October 4: "Trees, Shrubs and Perennials: Right Plants in the Right Place". Click here to register. I also have several other appearances scheduled soon, including a remote broadcast at Champion Windows and an intown tree walk.

Design Tip

Cool Season Annuals
We should consider ourselves lucky. In other parts of the country once fall has arrived, the gardening season is over. Even though we regularly have winter temperatures that go below freezing, there are an increasing number of annual plants grown specifically for color from fall to early spring. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Calendar:

Preserve basil, trim hibiscus, spot spray weeds...

Garden Knowledge:

Basic tools for first-time gardeners
My Evening at Emory class few weeks ago was made up of a delightful mix of new and experienced gardeners. One of the younger attendees asked "If you were just starting out, what tools would be best to have?" We had a great time batting ideas back and forth - this is what we came up with

Cool Plant

Shady Lady Anise
(Illicium floridanum 'Shady Lady')
Evergreen shrub native to Gulf Coast areas from Louisiana to Florida. Shady lady is a variegated form of the native Florida anise and is an outstanding shrub to brighten areas in partial to full shade. The crushed foliage smells like licorice which helps to deter deer. Learn more..

by Theresa Schrum


Pike Nurseries

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.
Win a free pair of tickets to attend the remote broadcast at The Home Show at the Georgia International Conference Center on Oct. 18. We have a limited number of these, so first-come-first-served - enter to win free tickets here

Reader Questions:

Q: While on an afternoon walk we smelled quite a potent aroma, like a combination of strawberries or peaches. Can you give me an idea of what this might be? - Tim T.

Q: Over the weekend I was checking on my Japanese maples and noticed something had been dining on the foliage. Upon closer examination, found a large caterpillar that I need help identifying. Would you have any suggestions?
- Norm M.

Q: I have noticed an interesting vine growing on a fence. It has bright red berries hanging in clusters. Do you know what it is?
- Lula T.


Encore Azaleas
Fall is the best time to plant Encore Azaleas in your garden. Encore Azaleas bloom in Spring, Summer, and Fall - with 23 varieties that provide year-round color to any landscape. For additional information visit us online at encoreazalea.com

The Original Overhead Door
Company of Atlanta
 Extended Thru October...take Overhead Dooradvantage of no payments/no interest Until Sept 2009. On both the internet and in the phone book, don't be fooled by Misleading Advertising, Look for the "Red Ribbon"! 404-USA-DOOR or visit www.ohdatl.com for more.

Garden Events:

Oct 4 - Decorating Your Outdoor Garden Room
Oct 4 - Learn From an Arborist
Oct. 11 - Growing and Pruning Japanese Maples

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