1. Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virg.) a true native (Glen Ellyn, IL)

    March 27, 2012 by MAX

    Again, in bloom in late March- wow!

    shade garden in Glen Ellyn, Il

    Wooded areas, shade gardens will appreciate this spring native

  2. Bloodroot (Sanguineria can.) in bloom – mid March 2012 !

    March 19, 2012 by MAX

    A rare sight in most woodlands today, but are superstar when in bloom for few precious days….

    The root was once used in medicinal care by native Americans, as well as in dyes – the juice is an amazing orange-red color. Seen along roadsides in my area of West Chicago Il.


    Dupage county natives

    A native of our northern hardwoods, bloom seen here in mid March 2012, unusually early!

  3. Woodlands/forest restorations

    March 11, 2012 by MAX

    Nothing for us is more fulfilling (and FUN) than pulling/cutting, and burning non-native, and invasive growth such as buckthorn, multi-flora rose, and asian honeysuckle. When a natural area is culled of the nasty alien species, you can then begin to ‘see the forest through the trees!’ Below is a good burn in St. Charles Geneva area inĀ  Il.Fox Valley invasives: Rhamus, Lonicera

    A good cut and burn in woods allowing light in to aid in better quality plants to flourish.