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Garden Guest or Pest?

Can you identify this garden visitor?

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An extraordinary McCormick garden was recently photographed for Making it Grow, a Clemson Extension television program hosted by SCETV’s Amanda McNulty. The show can be seen on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m., unfortunately, an air date for this episode is unknown at this time.

When Barbara Hinkel moved to Savannah Lakes, she thought this was an opportunity for the Mediterranean inspired garden she’d imagined since living in Italy. She began from the “ground up” by digging in truckloads of soil and amendments, adding earthworms and mulching each of her flower beds.

Now, with such wonderful soil and a very green thumb, Barbara manages to grow an amazing variety and number of plants. Highlights of the Hinkel garden include huge ever-blooming climbing roses, Louisiana and bearded rises, sculptural art, several ponds and a courtyard loaded with exotic specimens.

Smart Gardening Tip

Hornworms in your tomato patch? 1,001 Gardening Secrets suggests planting a trap crop of dill (a tomato hornworm favorite) nearby to lure them away from your tomatoes. Now the caterpillars can be handpicked and dropped in soapy water or choose another disposal method.

Month to Month

Don’t fertilize roses unless they are growing vigorously. Prune faded flowers and weak canes to prepare them for fall blooming

Other things to do in the garden this month: • Clip flowers from summer bulbs

Barbara Hinkel and Amanda McNulty.

• Deadhead and cut back leggy annuals for continued blooms and attractiveness

• Treat perennials with a slow release fertilizer then water thoroughly

• Keep an out eye out for Japanese beetles • Feed your hummingbirds

Day lilies, coneflowers, lilies, canna, crepe myrtles, geraniums and other flowers should be glorious now.

Answer Powdery Mildew Perfect Pick

for McCormick By Carol Mavity

Are you seeing abnormal leaf curling, discoloration and a powdery, grayish coating on petals, leaves and stems? Powdery mildew might be lurking in your yard. It is actually a group of diseases (caused by various fungi) that affects susceptible plants like roses, phlox, zinnia, crepe myrtle and monarda. Mildews are host specific and don’t cross species but they all thrive in dry shade with poor circulation and humidity. Rose mildew

won’t show up on your phlox but phlox mildew might! Wind and splashing water help to disperse spores when the temperature is between 60 and 80 degrees. Powdery mildew prevention is easier than treating it, so:

• clean up infected plant debris immediately • choose healthy mildew resistant plants such as ‘Marshall’s Delight’ monarda, zinnia ‘Profusion’ and ‘Natchez’ crepe myrtle

• water thoroughly during the driest periods • avoid overhead watering • thoughtfully space and prune your plantings • use restraint with fertilizers; new growth is most affected • apply fungicide as soon as symptoms appear (follow directions)

Powdery mildew is very unattractive but is not usually fatal unless there is a massive infestation. For more information see HGIC 2049 or contact your local extension agent. • July 2014 • 17

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