October 30, 2008

Garden Knowledge

Leaves Eaten?
panzy My pansy and ornamental cabbage leaves began to disappear after I planted them two weeks ago. Several critters eat pansy leaves but the most common one is a creature you might not predict. What chewed 'em?

Reader Questions:

teascaleQ: My camellia tree is just gorgeous. But it's dying! A huge swath has lost its leaves. I cannot bear to lose this tree! Amanda S.

spider webQ: There are at least 200 of these funnel-shaped spider webs in my shrubs and lawn. Should I try to get rid of them or just let them be? Dan C.

ground cherryQ:I found this plant growing on the edge of our woods near Winterville. Can you identify it? Mona G.

Come Visit

I have several appearances scheduled soon, including a remote broadcast at the Toco Hill Pike Nursery this Saturday and I'll be at the Georgia Home Expo on Nov. 15 - 16.


Garden Calendar:

mums Cut chrysanthemums, root geraniums, fertilize pansies, more......more
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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
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.

Design Tip

Interesting Bark
mulchAs winter approaches and the attractive flowers and foliage of plants are lost for the season, an often overlooked plant characteristic emerges. Many trees and shrubs have attractive bark that can add texture and color to the winter garden. Placing plants with showy bark near evergreens can help to increase their visibility. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays - Nov 1
Growing Herbs in the South - Nov 12
Cool Tools and Funky Fertilizers - Nov 18

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Cool Plant

Yuletide Camellia
(Camellia sasanqua 'Yuletide')
camelliaEvergreen shrub native to Asia. Yuletide camellia is a wonderful late fall blooming shrub that produces 3-inch bright red flowers with sunny yellow centers. As the name implies, Yuletide blooms around the holidays, although in northern Georgia this seems to be closer to Thanksgiving than Christmas. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum



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