1. Landscapes of 2015 part II, Oak Park Il. landscape designs, by Ed Max of Max’s Greener Places and maxlandscape.com

    December 24, 2015 by MAX
    Landscape design, River Forest and Oak Park, by Ed Max, landscaper

    This complete redo was done in 14-15, and is now filling in nicely! You enter the white birch grove on a paver walkway, through seasonal beds of native dropseeds, roses, azalea and more.

    Seasonal bed care and mulch are necessary items, which we do in spring and all season long.


  2. What’s in bloom: April ephemerals (Bloodroot) in West Chicago Il

    April 11, 2014 by MAX

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Once thought to have medicinal properties, quite toxic.

     

    Many parts of this fleeting beauty are toxic. The root exudes a red-orange juice, once used for dyes, and the plant was used for many medicinal applications. There is on-going  research as to it’s possible benefits. Once pollinated – all gone, sometimes in as little as a few days. Great attractant for early pollinators!


  3. Landscape design for 2014- now is the time to plan for spring,so give us a shout!

    December 12, 2013 by MAX

    We’d be happy to meet and  discus your landscape need: be it a new patio or a paver/brick driveway, garden walls, a new shade garden, or maybe an updated garden.  We also do consultation, and offer professional arborist advice. Click on photo.

    Shade gardens, Naperville Il, woodland gardens

    We incorporated sedges, grasses, lg. hostas, perennials, hydrangeas and more to this semi-shaded area. We first pulled many invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle


  4. Hemaris thysbe (Hummingbird Clearwing), unusual and colorful moth (tap on photo)

    December 9, 2013 by MAX
    unusual and beneficial insects

    What an incredible moth, hovering over a petunia in the late summer garden. A pollinator, a good thing!


  5. The peril of our beloved Monarch

    November 30, 2013 by MAX

    PLANT, PRESERVE AND ADVOCATE FOR THE MILKWEED FAMILY (Aesculus),

    WHY?

     

    This plant family is the the only lifeline for the endangered Monarch butterfly. On it’s migration northward from the depleted forests where it winters to the wind-swept prairies of the Southwest, to the monoculture cornfields of the Midwest; the monarch is not doing well. And then there it the MONSANTO monster called ‘BT’ ready corn. This genetically altered corn hybrid creates pollen that, once adrift, kills all larvae, including that of the monarch butterfly. So, there you have it. In a decade or two, you may only see images of monarchs on a site like this. Let’s hope not.

    milkweed, (aesculus syriaca

    Fragrant, draws all osrts of unusual bugs, and of course-the Monarchs, which will lay eggs on this plant

    They may rebound.  But it is not looking so swell. From record populations (in Mexico during winter) in the hundreds of millions  documented for a millennia, to a paltry few million or less this year is alarming, as seen (or not) in the forests on one small but important area near central Mexico. There too the problems for this fragile creature are present: illegal logging.  Though slowed and perhaps even stopped, the damage has been done. It seems that the lack of dense forest cover in the mountains where they used to ‘ drape the trees’, has thus allowed colder temperature to penetrate- and a few winters have had devastating results.

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    Monarch larvae on a milkweed plant seen in one the natural areas near Chicago .