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Flower Gardens
Cultivating a cut-flower garden in the backyard not only adds beauty to the kitchen table but also to the landscape. Here are a few flowers that thrive in Georgia's climate and make great flowers to display in vases.
Pink roses bloom on a rose bush at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Georgia. Roses come in a plethora of colors now, not just the traditional red. CAES News
Pink roses bloom on a rose bush at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Georgia. Roses come in a plethora of colors now, not just the traditional red.
Homegrown Roses
On Valentine’s Day, the demand for cut flowers, especially for roses, is high. This year, Keith Fielder, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent and rose grower, suggests giving a rose plant along with those fresh cut roses so your sweetheart can enjoy roses almost year-round.
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Bob Westerfield displays several pieces of lawn and garden equipment during a class on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia. CAES News
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturist Bob Westerfield displays several pieces of lawn and garden equipment during a class on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.
Equipment Workshop
An upcoming Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop will teach attendees how to properly select, troubleshoot and maintain common garden and landscape equipment; sharpen hand tools, knives and chainsaws; tune motors; and properly prepare engines for long-term storage. Offered by the University of Georgia, the class will be held on the Griffin, Georgia, campus.
Tomato transplants grown from seeds are ready to begin an adjustment to outdoor temperatures. CAES News
Tomato transplants grown from seeds are ready to begin an adjustment to outdoor temperatures.
Winter Chores
February is here and, even though it is cold outside, many garden tasks can be completed now in preparation for a successful growing season. From starting seeds indoors to cleaning and sharpening garden tools, there are plenty of garden chores to do before spring arrives.
The blooms of the 'Kanjiro' camellia bring in an assortment of pollinators. CAES News
The blooms of the 'Kanjiro' camellia bring in an assortment of pollinators.
'Kanjiro' Camellia
In Japanese, the word “kanjiro” means “you must feel.” I’m not sure if that means “to touch” or “to experience,” but the ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is certainly one to experience. The ‘Kanjiro’ camellia is known botanically as “Camellia hiemalis” and debuted in 1954. The longevity of this camellia cultivar, which is entering its 64th year, is a testament to both its character and performance in the landscape.
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Landscape Resolutions
The new year is a time for making new personal resolutions. Consider also making some resolutions to prevent problems in the garden throughout 2018. These gardening resolutions could even be easier to keep than personal resolutions like eating less and exercising more.
The Christmas cactus is made up of colorful, iridescent bracts. This true cactus, minus thorns, is native to the South American rainforest. CAES News
The Christmas cactus is made up of colorful, iridescent bracts. This true cactus, minus thorns, is native to the South American rainforest.
Christmas Cactus
Most gardeners know that getting poinsettias to rebloom is a task that is beyond formidable. However, the Christmas cactus, which is rare in beauty, is actually easy to grow and rebloom, maybe even for the rest of your life.
'Bouquet Rose' dianthus makes a perfect partner for this planter box containing Delta Pure Color Mix pansies. CAES News
'Bouquet Rose' dianthus makes a perfect partner for this planter box containing Delta Pure Color Mix pansies.
Bouquet dianthus
If you are looking for a pansy companion, cut flower or even a perennial performance, then the Bouquet dianthus series is a perfect choice. For years it was a series of one, ‘Bouquet Purple,’ an electrifying shot of energy to the pansy pal market. Forget the color purple, it is really a shocking, iridescent hot pink that will dazzle in any landscape.
Snow coats leaves in March 2009 in Athens, Ga. CAES News
Snow coats leaves in March 2009 in Athens, Ga.
Snow Damage
North Georgia landscapes have been either dusted or covered with snow this December. Now, homeowners are dealing with the damage that trees and shrubs suffered as a result of heavy, wet snowfall causing vulnerable branches to bend and break.
Through the "Trees for Bees" project, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are teaching children and adults how to create pollinator habitats. To promote a diverse pollinator habitat, plant pollinator-friendly plants, provide nesting boxes for cavity-nesting bees, leave spots of bare ground for ground-nesting bees and allow winter weeds to bloom to increase floral resources. CAES News
Through the "Trees for Bees" project, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents are teaching children and adults how to create pollinator habitats. To promote a diverse pollinator habitat, plant pollinator-friendly plants, provide nesting boxes for cavity-nesting bees, leave spots of bare ground for ground-nesting bees and allow winter weeds to bloom to increase floral resources.
Pollinator Habitats
Pollinators are essential to the production of native plants and food crops. To help pollinators like bees and butterflies do their jobs of moving pollen, home gardeners can provide a habitat that provides water and shelter.