December 27, 2007

Garden Knowledge:

Poinsettia Care
After The Holidays Brightly colored poinsettias are enjoyed by everyone during the holidays. Afterward, you have two choices for the plant: toss it or try to keep it alive for another season.
I have tips on how to do just that.

Garden Calendar:

Plant woody vines like Carolina jessamine, wisteria and cross vine now. Make sure to place them next to a sturdy arbor and loosely tie the young vine to it with twine.

Be sure to listen to Highway Horticulture on The Lawn and Garden Show on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Theresa Schrum and I will discuss her latest observations of the natural world.

Reader Questions:

Q: Could you please look at this problem with our white oak? In the last two months the bark has come off, leaving a brownish-gray powdery substance. - Rod H.

Q: A neighbor told me that this damage to my cherry trees is caused by male deer leaving their calling cards for does. Do you think they will survive?
- Jerry S.

Q: One of my four azaleas is starting to lose its green leaf color. It's turning yellow from the bottom up. The other three bushes have retained their full green color on all leaves. - Tim M.

Design Tip: Pruning

Almost a quarter of the questions that Walter and I answer involve pruning: when, how, how much, etc. When it comes to pruning plants the rule of "less is usually better" is a good one to follow. Improper pruning can damage a plant for the next year or perhaps its entire life. Learn More

Cool Plant

Armand's Clematis (Clematis armandii)
Evergreen vine native to China. To me, this is the loveliest of all the non-native clematis vines. The attractive laurel-shaped leaflets are 5-7 inches long. In March, the vine is covered with 2-3 inch, star-shaped, crisp white and highly fragrant flowers. Mature length is 25-30 feet. Learn More

by Theresa Schrum

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