Nice shot directly above of golden fragrant mint bush (Leucosceptrum japonicum ‘Gold Angel’) blooming today with lots of pollinators visiting!  It was a beautiful day with a cool start which we all enjoyed after the recent heat wave.  With a high of 70 degrees F today, it was perfect working weather and we took advantage, Read More

Today was another hot one which required the watering attention of most of the grounds staff (Larry O., Larry H., CIndy, Big John and myself).  Terry was in to help with Holiday Light Show (HLS) set-up and Bobby K. was around to help with a new project at the gardens.  After watering duties, the, Read More

The chance of rain today didn’t materialize by the time of typing this blog although we sure hoped we would see some precipitation.  Since we rarely count on it, we continued with an aggressive watering campaign today with a combination of irrigation, sprinklers and good, old-fashioned hand watering!  It looks like the high tomorrow, Read More

The fall color is starting on the Firespire™ musclewood (Carpinus caroliniana ‘J.N. Upright’) seen directly above.  This is a neat introduction from Michael Yanny of Johnson Nursery (WI) that has excellent form and fall color.  It was a darn hot day. The morning was even muggy but at least tolerable for the start of the day, Read More

Today was another unseasonably hot one with temperatures again reaching over 90 degrees F.  Watering was the order of the day although our water system was off for a hour or so due to some “compromised” water lines that we had to fix quickly.  I’m not a big fan of this late season heat, Read More

Today was hot!  We didn’t expect to see 90 degrees F this late in September considering how cool and damp it has been all year. but those are the cards we’ve been dealt!  The intense heat, breeze and recent lack of rain made watering a huge priority today.  Nice shot above of ‘Helen Campbell’, Read More

Autumn is definitely in the air with cool mornings, leaves turning color and some early raking activities.  It was another beautiful day but we sure could use the rain that might appear this evening.  It is getting dry out there in non-irrigated areas!  Above is a nice shot of one of blue varieties of, Read More

I attended the Third Annual Ornamental Grasses Day held at Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Inc. (Hebron, IL) today and had a blast!  I attended this event last year and will make it an annual ritual.  We had garden tours, lectures and time to network. I saw many folks that I knew and appreciate Brent Horvath,, Read More

We had a very foggy start to the day which, while a bit eerie, was pretty cool in terms of how the garden looked (above).  The fog lifted quickly as the sun emerged and we had another warm, mostly sunny day.  I’ve been remiss in blog postings as it has been extremely busy with, Read More

Today was another beautiful sunny one with blue skies and temperature around 75 degrees F.  Today was our one day only Plant Sale Clearance which included a 15% discount off of everything at the sale.  We saw decent traffic to the sale and overall we had a pretty busy weekend with the sale which, Read More