1. Ash Borer update (Emerald Ash Borer) Signs of the bug- see pix

    May 25, 2011 by MAX

    The infestations appear to much worse than thought throughout the far western suburbs, and all of the Fox Valley- Elburn, Geneva, St. Charles are hard hit (see pix), with the bug now in Aurora, West Chicago, Winfield, Wheaton, and moving fast east and south.  There are products avail. to try and save yours- we are applying SAFARI as a trunk soak now.

    with this much die back, not much can be done

    too many to save

    Really full of tell-tale holes

    Emerald ash borer in Geln Ellyn

    Infested trees in DuPage Co., West Chicago Il


  2. what’s in bloom….mid May

    May 19, 2011 by MAX

    Peonies are catching my eye around this time, quite a show!

    what a beuaty she is- seen in a Napeville garden.

    Single red peony (single as in single outer petal)

  3. Landscape designs for summer

    May 15, 2011 by MAX

    Consider all the fantastic plants for shade when the lawn begins to thin out under that large maple, or on the north side of the house.  The possibilities are endless!

    West Chicago gardens

    West Chicago, Winfield Il, Dupage county landscapes

    late spring in the garden

  4. Fothergilla: a shrub for all seasons

    May 13, 2011 by MAX

    What an fuzzy late spring show; with an unusual bottle-brush bloom which lacks petals. The entire bloom is made up of stamens-strange indeed, and fragrant too!  Shade tolerant, small in stature – never getting out of bounds, and a shrub I prefer left untrimmed. The fall foliage display is unequaled with it’s varied hues of oranges, and yellows.

    Honey scented, and a semi native to the eastern states

    good in groupings


  5. It’s time for the garden

    May 3, 2011 by MAX

    Spring is a good time to install trees, shrubs, and perennials, as well as a great time to divide your older, overgrown plants. Shrubs need to be cut back severely if leggy and overly trimmed (poodled).

    Boxwood hedges add formality

    Pink roses, formal boxwood hedge really dress up an entrance, Brussels block pavers used for the walkways.

  6. Daffodils take center stage !

    May 1, 2011 by MAX

    Wow! What a great year for the daffodil!

    toxic , and left alone by the derr, and squirrels!

    With this wetter, and chillier than normal spring, the daffodils have hung on to give quite a show.

    type: D. 'Fower record'


    Plant in fall, rewarded in spring! Poisonous to most animals, so therefor left alone (unlike tulips) to increase in size year to year.


    Dig and divide after bloom has faded.

    Miniature types

    Orange type, w/ flared corona

    D. named for Eliz. Barret Browning