We had a great rainy morning that fluctuated between drizzle and the occasional downpour.  More significant rain and storms were both west and east of us as times but we ended up with a nice soaking rain throughout the gardens.  Nice shot above of the ‘Princeton Gold’ Norway maple (Acer platanoides) which glows with, Read More

Today was another hot one with temperatures reaching 91 degrees F.  The weekend was quite hot as well and watering our new plantings is a priority.  The recently cool weather has preserved many blooms but this scorching heat tends to finish off blooms quickly.  Peonies and other late May bloomers are finishing their abbreviated, Read More

The recent rains and increasing heat have plants really growing well at the gardens right now.  The turf has also gone bonkers and our mowing schedule is already at “full speed ahead.”  Nice shot above of perennial sea kale (Crambe maritima) in the Scottish garden.  Today was probably our busiest Thursday yet this year. , Read More

Today was pleasantly warm and it looks like the warming trend will continue through the weekend with some days reaching 90 degrees F.  Plants are really growing now out in the gardens and it’s nice to see all the fresh and colorful foliage as well as flowers.  Above is the interesting leaf of a, Read More

We had a foggy start to the day and in fact, the air was so moist and heavy this morning that it felt like light drizzle.  The day did warm up to 70 degrees F with intermittent sunshine and we all had a full day out in the gardens.  Above is our boulder wall, Read More

Today was rainy almost the entire day!  We fluctuated between a light drizzle and heavier rain and it was fairly cold as well!  I didn’t have much time for photography as I was catching up on desk work.  I thought I’d share some photos from my Sunday visit to Lilacia Park in Lombard, IL, Read More

I was a bit surprised by the rain last night and was worried that volunteers might avoid our first volunteer work Saturday due to mud and/or the overcast skies.  Well, we had a great turnout and planted exactly everything I had placed out on Friday (and a bit more!).  Our focus was the reception, Read More

Today had a cool start and it warmed to a comfortable 75 degrees F with plenty of sunshine.  Nice shot above of the vivid new growth on a ‘Red Obelisk’ columnar European beech (Fagus sylvatica) near the French Formal Garden and alpine garden.  It was a smaller crew today.  Cindy, Bobby K., Alex and, Read More

Nice shot above of Rodger’s flower (Rodgersia aesculifolia) emerging quickly in the shade garden with bold foliage!  It was another nice Thursday with a consistently large group of volunteers coming in to help out.  While we were quite short staffed (Janice, Cindy and me), a lot of work was accomplished throughout the gardens.  It, Read More

It was another nice, warm sunny day with temperatures around 80 degrees F.  Nice shot above of ‘Bonfire’ spurge (Euphorbia polychroma) looking colorful in the English cottage garden.  We had a busy day at the gardens.  There was a self-guided tour going through the gardens as well as some youth education opportunities.  It was, Read More