November 13, 2008

Reader Questions:

wheel bugQ: My husband sent me some cameraphone pictures of a very weird insect. He and his friends are calling it "the bad-ass bug". Melissa F.

caterpillarQ: I can't find any info as to what this visitor to my deck is. He is 3" long and has orange skin with no fur. Marsha Y.

akebia fruitQ: This blossom appeared on my akebia vine in late October. I have had the vine close to 10 years and have never seen anything like it! Danny F.

Come Visit

I have several appearances scheduled soon, including speaking at the Georgia Home Expo on Nov. 15 & 16 and sharing my favorite "Cool Tools and Funky Fertilizers".

Garden Calendar:

mumsShear mums, feed birds, feed pansies, more........more

Garden Knowledge

Be a Bug Detective

mealy bugIf you think fire ants and armadillos are terrible exotic, invasive pests, just wait until you have a houseplant infested with pink hibiscus mealy bug (PHMB). The damage this insect does to plants makes them look like weed killer was sprayed on them. We thought they would be confined to Florida, but a homeowner in Forsyth county found them on her houseplants. These are some BAD critters!
Pike Nurseries

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
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

Evergreen Foundation Plants for Shade.
mulchAlthough not carved in stone, many people (myself included) still prefer to use evergreen plants for foundation plantings. There are plenty of plants to choose from in a wide variety of sizes, colors, textures and blooms. But what if your foundation is in moderate to heavy shade? Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Overhead Door Company of Atlanta
Overhead Door Winterize your garage door for only $69.95! The 14 point maintenance includes lubricating all hinges/rollers/& pulleys, tightening all nuts and bolts, adjusting safety reverse, and adjusting tension on all springs. Get ready for the cold weather ahead! Visit for more.

Cool Plant

American Beautyberry
(Callicarpa americana)
beautyberryDeciduous shrub native to the Eastern/Southeastern U.S. A rather non-descript arching shrub until early fall when it bursts forth in the garden with clusters of pea-sized bright magenta berries at the base of the leaves. A white-berried cultivar also exists. A real favorite among birds. Plant in full to part sun with well-drained soil. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Introduction to Birding - Nov 15
Decorating with Houseplants - Nov 16
Make Gluten-Free Desserts - Nov 19

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