VOLUME 15, ISSUE 30 • July 25, 2019

Neil Sperry editor. Gretchen Drew design and circulation.


Believe it or not, it's the final e-gardens of July. Oh, my! In recognition, I've tried to pack it with important information.

In this issue…
• Volunteer seedlings - worth keeping?
• Oak galls - how damaging?
• Best replacement for roses?
• What needs to be done now?
• Why do leaves look bleached out?

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Photo: Zinnias planted now will bloom beautifully all fall.


Dwarf favorites rescue us

After years of being asked what I would recommend to replace roses ravaged by the fatal rose rosette virus, this plant emerged as my obvious choice. Read on to see why I suggest it.

Photo: Dwarf crape myrtles can’t look much prettier.


Oak galls galore

I've been inundated with questions about growths on oak trees. But this year it's been a different type, and folks really aren't even aware they're coming from oaks. They're finding them on the ground. I'll give you the details.

Photo: These things go by the gangly name of "oak plum galls." This has been their big year.


Gardening This Weekend

It's the last weekend of July, friend. That's a critical time in the fall vegetable garden. It's also important for a lot of your other plants. Click through to see what I've brought to your list for this weekend.

Photo: It's a great time to pot up some colorful zinnias.


Question of the Week Number One: July 25, 2019

"What kind of tree is this, and is it worth transplanting somewhere else in my landscape? I don't know where it came from."

Before you save this one, you need to see what you have.

Photo: I'm asked about this tree species probably 25 or 30 times every year - several times recently.


Question of the Week Number Two: July 25, 2019

"What is wrong with my plants' leaves?"

The questions about lacebugs are accumulating rapidly. This is their time. I'll address them if you care to click through.

Photo: Lacebug damage on lantanta, as posted by Kelly Patrick to my Facebook page recently.


And, in closing…

That's it for e-gardens for this week, but I'll be back here next Thursday, right in your e-mailbox. Please let your friends know about us.

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Until next week, thanks for reading.

And happy gardening!


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