Tending the Garden – June 24, 2015

treating scale on Camellias

Fresh scale on sasanqua camellia

  • Today, I was shaping my sasanqua camellia hedge before the fall bud set, and I discovered fresh active scale on some of the cut branches. This is not the time of the year I would use a spray for treating scale on camellias, especially with the heat we are experiencing. So I turned to a soil drench (I used Bayer Tree and Shrub), and I hope this will eradicate this problem.
  • I also weeded the veggie garden today and pulled up a squash plant that was wilting, and discovered it had squash vine borer. If I had seen the problem earlier, I could have saved it by slitting the stem and digging the borer out of the stem (squash stems have hollow interiors).
  • In the border, I replanted some ageratum that I had pulled up and potted several weeks ago to encourage more roots, where I could fill in spaces that needed plants in the flower border.
  • I planted two Little Henry sweetspires that I removed from some porch pots early in the spring. I had stored them where I keep the plants I am growing for the yard or gifts. They are ready to bloom and are perfect to replace a couple of plants I lost last winter.
  • Finally, today as most days, I watered the pots and then took a minute to simply enjoy my yard and the oriental lilies coming into bloom.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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