December 18, 2008

Reader Questions:

meyer lemonQ: After I moved my Meyer lemon into my greenhouse, I noticed several lemons on the floor with the peels neatly removed. What critter would do this? Ernie W.

fox squirrelQ: My mother-in-law has seen a mysterious creature several times on their property in Ringgold. She says he is huge: the size of a large, fat cat! Noelle B.

frictionQ: I found a beautiful red maple at a nursery but on the car ride home it got this wound in the bark. Will it die? Kris K.

Garden Knowledge:

Christmas Cactus Care
christmas cactus The striking red, pink or white flowers of the Christmas Cactus make it an obvious candidate for holiday houseplant blooms each winter. I've collected some care tips to help keep yours healthy...and to help you propagate more for next year.

Click here for details.

Garden Calendar:

Purchase paperwhites, plant vines, drain lawn mower tank, ...more
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

Hollies in the landscape
burford hollyHollies are some of the most commonly used shrubs in landscapes. Particularly popular for foundation plantings, there are numerous cultivars available that range from 3 feet to over 30 feet tall. Hollies are plagued by very few problems and the red berries lend a festive feel to the Holidays. Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

Garden Events:

Slithering Snakes - Dec 20
Iris Society Meeting - Jan 10
Natural History of GA Plants - Jan 10

Cool Plant

Yaupon Holly
(Ilex vomitoria)
hollyEvergreen shrub native to the Southeastern U.S. The yaupon holly is a very popular landscape shrub due to its adaptability, ease of growing and for the number of cultivars available, including weeping and dwarf plants. Berries are borne on female plants only. Male plants are required for pollination.
Learn more...

by Theresa Schrum

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