Enjoying the fruits of your labor in your native garden!!!! This time of the year shows off the strength of your garden. We are just past peak flowing time for most native gardens, but they are still quite beautiful and we can look forward to our fall flowers. Take some time, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty, the warm sun on your face, the smells, the sounds, the buzz of the bees, the fluttering of the butterflies, and the birds eating seeds and fruits. The eclipse was something to behold, but Mother Nature is also quite impressive! When reflecting...
I had the opportunity to prepare and plant a small native garden with my four-year-old daughter this Labor Day. It was the most fun that I had in a long time and I hope she had fun too. Hopefully not too much child labor on this day of days for the laborers of the US :-) Shed did play quite a bit and found a new pet, a roly poly bug. We first picked out some plants, I let her pick the flower color, obviously purple was the choice! We could have gone with Geranium maculatum (Wild Geranium) or Polemonium reptans (Jacob's Ladder) or multiple...
Question: I have a roof top deck with planters in Chicago. Do you have any native plants that will work in this urban environment? Answer: Laurie, yes I believe I have some plants that may work for you. Admittedly I have never installed natives in a roof top planter, but dry prairie species should do the trick. I have several plants in mind that may just work for you. The plants I am recommending are showier plants that are on the hardy end of the spectrum, need less water than most plants, are shorter stature that should work better...
Native Plant Conosoure: Hi! I was wondering if milkweed plugs can be planted in the fall, before the first freeze. Thanks! Natural Communities: I would say yes, with one caveat. I would caution you against planting Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) super-late in the season, i.e. after say the 15th of October. It would probably be OK, but Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Milkweed) seems to be the most finicky of the milkweeds around here. Really they should all be fine, but if your really wanting to hedge your best go with Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed) or Asclepias verticillata (Whorled Milkweed), they seem to overwinter in the pots the...
We hope you join us at the Green Fair On The Fox this Saturday in Batavia. An excellent opportunity for the kids and and adults alike to get out into the sun and lean from and support our local green community. Natural Communities will be selling native plants and milkweeds at the event and talking to folks about their designs and visions for their yard. We would love to help you create your backyard oasis so come by and chat for a bit.Green Fair on the Fox will take place on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 10am to 4pm at...
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