Shrubs · Trees · Wildlife in the Garden

Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal

Some consider Heptacodium miconoides, commonly called seven-son flower, a large shrub; others debate its status as a small tree. Call it what you like, as long as I can call one mine. People who shop for all their plants in May miss out on some amazing plants whose charisma is not evident until summer or… Continue reading Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal

Annuals · Garden Design · Garden DIY · Garden Musings · Vegetable Gardening · Wildlife in the Garden

Master Gardener Idea Garden Open House on August 16

If you need ideas for your landscape, head out to the University of Illinois Extension Kane County Master Gardener Idea Garden during their Open House on Tuesday, August 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. The garden is located at the corner of Peck Road and Route 38 in St. Charles. I attended their Open House… Continue reading Master Gardener Idea Garden Open House on August 16

Annuals · Garden Design · Garden Musings · Perennials · Wildlife in the Garden

Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

I recently enjoyed an entire day at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The temperature was in the 90’s and the sun was shining at full force. Areas of shade and gentle breezes were welcomed as I moved through the gardens. Take a walk with me. Flowers were abundant and filled the gardens with happy color. Vibrant… Continue reading Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Wildlife in the Garden

Happy American Frog Day!

  Frogs, and toads for that matter, are cherished inhabitants in my landscape. They feast on slugs lessening the damage to beloved hostas. They also eat insects, lots of them, including mosquitoes, flies and pests that harm vegetable and landscape plants. Attract frogs to your landscape by supplying their needs: shelter and water. A brush… Continue reading Happy American Frog Day!