Gardening isn’t something that I have an interest in, but people take their gardening very seriously where I live in the state of Georgia. I have to admit that a successful garden is a nice site to behold, but there’s a lot of work that goes into them. I may not be a part of the gardening community, but on the Internet, you’ll find specialized social networks for just about anything that people could ever be interested in, and gardening is no exception. MyFolia gives gardeners a Web 2.0 site of their own. 

Every garden has a story, and MyFolia enables gardeners to keep track of their gardening progress. Even if you’re the only person into gardening that you know, this service enables you to connect with other gardeners so that you can help each other out. Not only can you find people who are currently growing the same things that you are, but you can also make use of these connections to possibly swap plants. Plants – don’t they just grow up so quickly?

Assessing Winter Damage to Crepe Myrtles

It is interesting to note that most plants will have survived the harsh winter of 2007, however, they did receive an extreme cold shock that may be seen all the way down to the plant’s roots. It is likely that the damage will not be as extensive to those plants that were still dormant at the time of the latest freezes but for those that were starting to bloom the damage is likely to be more severe.

To what extent crepe myrtles were damaged due to the freeze may vary with cultivator, plant location and degree of development at the time of the freeze so don’t be in a big hurry to prune plants back to the ground. Your plants will let you know how drastically they were damaged as new shoots begin to emerge. If the only shoots you see are growing up from the base of the plant it is probably time for you to do some diagnostics.

To begin a diagnostic assessment of your plant take a knife to see where the green plant tissue immediately under the bark begins since this will tell you which portion of that stem is still alive and which part needs to be pruned away. Fortunately for those of you who love your crepe myrtles they bloom later in the summer on new wood so even though the cold weather may have naturally pruned them back further than you would have liked they will survive and bloom for you once again.

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