We had a very productive Tuesday at the gardens with much of our activity focused on taking advantage of the decent weather before rain arrives over the coming days. With final preparations in full swing for our Spring Plant Sale this weekend (see our website for details), there is much to do both in, Read More

The rain has settled in nicely this week although today was surprisingly dry and thereby productive out in the gardens! Evergreen Irrigation (Rockford, IL) was here for a second day getting our system up and running and repairing broken lines and sprinkler heads. Our aging system out there needs lots of TLC and the, Read More

I think this might be my first blog encompassing a full week. I’m starting to wonder how I ever fit in a more frequent blogging schedule but will do my best to be a bit more prompt. It was both a short and long week with lots of action and activity as we continue, Read More

I’m a huge fan of observing and photographing cape daisies (Osteospermum ecklonis) as I find their flowers spectacular. Also called African daisy, this annual continues to become more popular to a global gardening audience. All of the photos in this blog feature some of the newer selections available or coming soon to the home, Read More

“Open afresh your rounds of starry folds, Ye ardent Marigolds” John Keats. I continue to be amazed by marigolds and have been excited to see so many new selections with massive blooms and an exciting foray in to deeper reds. Marigolds were the “gateway plant” for me as a child as my mother grew, Read More

Today was such a dreary day with some big, wet snowflakes reminding us that winter can still make an appearance in April in our area! Tomorrow also looks damp and somber. As we see spots of color out in the early spring garden like the yellows of daffodils (Narcissus), blues of Siberian squill (Scilla, Read More

The sunshine and warmth today (75 degrees F) made spring more of a reality although the forecast later in the week seems to be a return to winter. We’ll take what we can get. I took many photos today including all of those below. The gardens are looking neat and tidy and spring color, Read More

All of the nemesias shown in this blog were photographed at the California Spring Trials (CAST) recently and represent some spectacular colors and introductions in this “cool season” annual. As I prepared this blog, I realized I had blogged on this plant over 2 years ago and have dutifully included some of the descriptive, Read More

When I was out at the California Spring Trials (CAST) last week, I saw an amazing assortment of Gerbera daisies (Gerbera sp.) that were absolutely stunning.  The Gerbera daisy, also called Transvaal and Barberton daisy, was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. The distribution of the genus Gerbera is, Read More

I remember first using Bidens, also called beggar ticks and burr marigolds, over 25 yeas ago and appreciated it’s drought tolerance and heavy flower production (good for pollinators) despite its pretty rangy and billowing habit.  The common names refer to the seed architecture and it’s tendency to stick or cling to fur or clothing,, Read More