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Holiday plants full of history

Our homes would not be complete without a few classic holiday plants such as poinsettias and Christmas cactuses. However, did you know these beautiful plants have been decorating homes for the holidays since the 1800s?

December 13, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Landscape with evergreens and conifers

In the fall, many trees like the maple and oak put on a showy, colorful palette for North Georgians to enjoy, but we cannot forget the beautiful evergreens that retain their leaves and needles throughout the year.

November 29, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Berries in bloom for the holidays

A "cornucopia" of plant life blesses the northeast area of the state as fall winds down and the beautiful colors of the trees and shrubs fade away. Then we can anxiously see the many ornamental trees and shrubs that will reveal their showy clusters of brightly colored berries, painting the landscape just in time for the upcoming holiday season.

November 15, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Winter season nears, flowers still bloom down South

While most people like the warmer months, I love cooler weather.

November 01, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Plant pansies now for glorious colors in upcoming winter

Everyone loves plant color in the winter when everything else in the landscape seems to have browned and gone into dormancy. Therefore, now is the time to plant pansies like the pros and get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground for next year.

October 18, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cannon: Fall flowers, leaves, bushes create colorful designs

No doubt, this time of year is a favorite for most folks.

October 04, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cannon: Prep your yard, plants for fall, winter

Fall is a busy time to get a few things done in the garden since September and October are great months to prepare for next year's growing season. It is time to kick start the garden for next year!

September 20, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cannon: Become a master gardener

As fall approaches, the area extension office will send out applications to people interested in becoming master gardeners in 2014.

September 06, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Saving seeds for next season

Seed saving is an old practice. In days gone by, farmers and gardeners saved their prized heirloom seeds and valued them as treasures worth holding onto every year to year. As the gardening season comes to a close and fall approaches, consider saving some of those phenomenal seeds from your vegetable garden and flowering perennials and annual beds.

August 23, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


To-do list for autumn

Fall is my favorite time to plant and work in the garden. The days are cooler and it is a great time to plan and implement some great projects to ensure a beautiful landscape the following year.

August 09, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Life top stories


Cannon: Repurpose woodland area for a natural look

Get inspired and create a woodland garden!

July 26, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Cannon: Be on the lookout for plant diseases

Be on the lookout for two prominent plant diseases: downey mildew on impatiens and rose rosette disease on our favorite rose bush, the Knock Outs.

July 12, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Tomatoes susceptible to several diseases, insects

An endless list of issues may cause tomatoes not to produce well. Some of the common problems and remedies are as follows.

June 28, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Excessive moisture problematic for gardens

Plants and lawns cannot survive without water, but it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

June 14, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Pick up shears, prune back blooms before summertime

Blooming shrubs are a traditional part of the Southern landscape. And with summer almost here, it is time to prune most of our beautiful spring flowering plants.

May 31, 2013 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


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