Spring is here

March 24, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Tiarella Sugar & Spice Pictured here is Tiarella ‘Sugar and Spice’

This great little perennial needs Part Shade-Full Shade.  It is one of the very best Tiarellas out. What dainty little flowers for the spring.  It gets 8″ tall and 12″ high.

These will be ready to sell around the middle to end of April.  If you would like to prepurchase, we will tag and take care of them for you until they are ready.

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Hypertufa Class

March 18, 2015 | Posted in Classes & Special Events, General Information | By

Looking for something to do next weekend? Carol Dale is hosting Hypertufa planter class Saturday March 28 at 10:00 a.m. There are still a few spots left. If you would like to participate, please call to reserve your spot. Cost $25.00

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Even Winter has it’s moments

February 24, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

Today as I was driving in, I noticed the beautiful weeds along the river.  How can weeds be beautiful you say?  Well, they were covered with a frost that was amazing.  I am sure it has something to do with the below zero temperatures.  Did you notice anything on your drive in today?


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Time to dig your hole for your Live Christmas Tree

November 7, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

If you are planning on using a live Christmas Tree this year you need to dig that hole before the ground freezes.  Be sure to choose a spot will allow the full growth of the tree you choose.

Here are a few tips to help with the survival of your tree:

  • You’ll need to keep it in a sheltered location, away from wind and sun, until it’s time to bring it inside.
  • Small sizes have the best chance of survival.
  • Keeping your tree inside for only a short time will improve the chance of success when transplanting.
  • Dig your planting hole now, and be ready to plant your tree after you’ve enjoyed it for a week or so during the holidays.
  • If you don’t know yet, choose a site now, and make sure there is enough space so the tree can mature to its full height and width gracefully. Go outside and stand where you envision planting your tree and look up. Are you standing under a power line? Look around. Have you allowed enough room in all directions for the mature width or your tree? If not, move your site now.
  • Water thoroughly as needed, but do not apply fertilizer.

We have Norway spruce, White Pine, Canadian Hemlock, Silver Spruce this year.




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Annual Pine Needle Drop

October 2, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | By

We’ve had many questions on this occurrence.  So we wanted to get it out there what is going on.

I found this information at University of Illinois Extension website.

Autumn is the time of year when mature white pines annually drop older needles.

All trees and shrubs renew their foliage annually, producing new leaves in the spring of the year and shedding old leaves in the fall. The leaves of deciduous plants such as maples and oaks live for one growing season and then fall off, usually in a blaze of color.

Despite the name, evergreen foliage does not live forever. Actually evergreen foliage lives from one to several years, depending on the species. As new growth emerges in the spring, last year’s growth becomes shaded and is no longer the plant’s primary food. During fall, this inner or older foliage dies and falls away.

In some species like white pine and arborvitae, this fall browning takes place rather suddenly. The older needles turn a bright gold-yellow and remain attached for about 7 to 10 days depending on the weather. If we have strong autumn winds and heavy rains, these needles fall quickly. Sometimes, this natural occurrence is hardly noticed. But every few years it is very noticeable, and people become concerned.

This natural foliage drop may be distinguished from cases of severe foliage damage due to disease or stress by its uniform appearance over the whole tree and its common occurrence on neighboring trees of the same kind. It is also confined to the innermost or oldest needles. White pines bear needles in bundles of five and the needles remain together when they drop.



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