1. An increasingly rare wildflower seen in this native wildflower garden in Oak Park Il, (pic by landscape designer and naturalist Ed Max @ maxlandscape.com

    December 22, 2015 by MAX
    OaBrook Il landscaping beds full of natibe species and woodland perennials.

    Close relative of the colorful Bleeding Heart, but native and becoming rarer in our increasingly degraded ecosystems of the Chicago region. Rare plants are a passion of Ed Max, and restoring their habitats is Ed’s mission as well as his landscape company.

    Plant in spring in a rich soil, in full shade or part sun.  All Spring Ephemerals such as this dicentra tend to appear early, and vanish just as quickly. With luck, proper soils, and moisture- you will get this cool wildflower to reproduce and naturalize, as it has done here in this Oak Park, Il. landscape  (designed by Ed Max of Max’s Greener Places).

    Contact us now to plan your wildflower garden. Good for you and the pollinators!!!!

     

     


  2. Discovering the true value of your trees, or trees you might be condisering:

    October 12, 2014 by MAX
    Give it a try- quite interesting, and an eye-opener. Trees are (in my opinion) greatlyundervalued. Seen below is a chart to use to discover their benefits!

    Thanks to Davey tree and others, now you can with ease!

    Then get out and plant that tree!

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    Understanding This Tool:The Tree Benefit Calculator allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits individual street-side trees provide. This tool is based on i-Tree’s street tree assessment tool called STREETS. With inputs of location, species and tree size, users will get an understanding of the environmental and economic value trees provide on an annual basis.The Tree Benefit Calculator is intended to be simple and accessible. As such, this tool should be considered a starting point for understanding trees’ value in the community, rather than a scientific accounting of precise values. For more detailed information on urban and community forest assessments, visit the i-Tree website.

    National Tree Benefit Calculator


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  3. 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!


  4. A beach dwelling native of California

    March 3, 2014 by MAX
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    Ice plant in winter color along the coast of Ca south of Half-Moon-Bay


  5. A Naturalists dream: the now rare White Trillium (t. grandiflora)

    February 13, 2014 by MAX

    A beauty in the shade gardens, or woodland settings, now rarely see in our native landscapes due to browsing deer and invasives such as garlic mustard, a must have for any landscape that has decent soils and some shade. . Slow to establish, but a real gem in the shade gardens.

    maxlandscape.com, West Chicago native wildflower