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Timeline Through Landscape Design

A blog to guide home gardeners with seasonal landscape improvements.
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Special Vegetable Edition - Straw Bale Gardening

I typically write about landscape improvements, however, Illinois Extension has been getting a number of calls regarding vegetable gardening in straw bales. So, I decide to write a special edition on the basics of straw bale gardening. If you are gardening on a budget, have poor soil, or lack space you may want to consider straw bale gardening. This innovative method utilizes a bale of...

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Time to Prune Roses

Spring has sprung and I am back! I was on leave for quite some time but, I am happy to be back and blogging again. Looks like it is time to prune my roses. In my area of northeastern Illinois the forsythia are in bloom so, it must be time to prune the roses. Many gardeners use this as a sign to remind them to prune roses. Late winter early spring is generally a great time to prune roses...

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More post to come this winter: Please stay tuned.

Please stay tuned.  I will be on parental leave until further notice.  Please look for more post this winter. Thank you for your patience, Nancy...

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Beware of Plants in the Landscape that May Cause Skin Reactions

There are a number of plants to be cautious of while working in your landscape. Learn more from the South Town Star article in which I was quoted by clicking here . Click here for a more extensive...

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Butterfly Weed: Perennial of the Year

Late spring to early summer is a good time to incorporate perennials into the garden. As you contemplate plant selection, why not consider butterfly weed, named the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year™ by the Perennial Plant Association. Butterfly weed ( Asclepias tuberosa ) is a well-behaved, easy-care plant native to Illinois. It is common in most regions of the state, except in some west...

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The Marvels of Spring Ephemerals

Spring will be arriving soon, and with the new season comes brand new foliage followed by a burst of flowers. Gardeners poking around the yard may discover plants emerging here and there. Some of the earliest of these plants are native spring ephemerals. Ephemerals, or short-lived plants, are often misunderstood and I refer to them as the mystery plants of the Eastern U.S. deciduous for...

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Upcoming Native Landscaping Conference

West Cook Wild Ones Presents: The Naturally Beautiful Garden Conference 2017 Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 5:30 PM Triton College Performing Arts Center, River Grove, IL. 60171. I highly recommend this conference if you are looking into incorporating native plants in your yard. Two great speakers are on the agenda. Read more below and click...

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