Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Spots & Lines

Bows & Stripes

Cherries & Dots

Monday, July 14, 2014

Red Admiral Butterfly and Buttonbush

So delighted to see these Red Admiral butterflies (males apparently) feeding on the native shrub,  Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) at a client's recently. The plant likes wet soil and full sun. With all the rain we have gotten (drought last summer, flash floods this summer), this shrub is thriving!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wedding Containers

It's so rare to have photos of our planting installations with people in them. So I was delighted when I attended a wedding last weekend hosted by a long-term, special client.

We landscaped the front yard and every year we have a blast planting annuals front, back and on this rooftop right in the middle of this very urban Chicago neighborhood.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Fruits & Veggies

Important to buy these organic...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A Good Spring for Pig Squeak

Bergenia cordifolia

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Spring Perspective

Our Spring was so late this year, that once work began, it's been full-speed ahead. So, I thought I'd post these photos taken from the 73rd floor of downtown Chicago at dusk.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cleaning Up In The Garden

 So much of satisfying garden work is the non-sexy parts. I actually managed my first clean-up in the garden (my neighbor Rick has been the savior and done the heavy-lifting) over the weekend. Better than yoga (not stepping on emerging plants while I reach to prune, pull, dig and toss) and a constructive way to get out aggression! Above are remnants from last summer's roofers; below a motley assortment ready for municipal pick-up (oh how I lament having no allowable space in my condo for compost) of English Ivy, Star of Bethlehem, Weigela and one of my sacrificed favorite tulips (turkestanica).