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Callicarpa ‘amethyst’ Berries in frost

            The frost of October 22 intensified the brilliance of the incredible purple berries on the Callicarpa ‘amethyst’. We love all the gorgeous purple hues and their names – visual onomatopoeia:  lilac, lavender, indigo, violet, grape, eggplant, ultramarine, orchid, mauve, iris, blackberry, plum, magenta, amethyst, & thistle. This intense purple artichoke […]

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First Frost

              Lake Forest –  Zone 5 – got its first hard frost on October 22nd. These shots were almost too late at 8:30 am to capture its effects. The day turned crisp and clear by 9:00 am.               Frost, not necessarily desirable as […]

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Author Page Dickey at LFGC

Craig sponsored gardener and author Page Dickey as the guest speaker at the Lake Forest Garden Club’s October meeting. Craig met Page in 1996 at a Garden Conservancy tour in Cooperstown where they became fast friends and were “shushed” at the back of a lecture.  Craig’s Wilmette garden is featured in her book Breaking Ground: Portraits […]

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Delphiniums in the Blue Border Garden

These are the delphiniums in the blue border garden in late June. From darkest blue ‘King Arthur’, to the lighter ‘Blue Jay’ with a white bee, and ‘Magic Fountain’ hybrids, this range of intensely-hued blues would have inspired the Middle Eastern traders of earlier centuries in their quest for cerulean, cobalt, and ultramarine pigments.  The delphiniums […]

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Craig talk at LURIE GARDENS June 13

Craig will be a speaker for the series organized by the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. His topic is “The Main Players of the Mixed Perennial Garden.” Choosing from today’s perennial plant palette can be daunting. Through edification of genus and performance, in combination with an open, […]

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2013 Perennial Plant of the Year

                The 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year is Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’. The common name – Solomon’ s Seal – may have come from the scar on the rootstock after the leaf stalks die off in the fall that resembles the impressed wax seal on documents. Or it […]

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Amazing Boxwood Garden in Dordogne France

When Don Brennan, CBLD Woody Plant Buyer, logged-on to the internet this morning, he found a video of an incredible manicured boxwood garden from Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, an historic estate in Dordogne, France. It takes the use of boxwood to a new level. Eight gardeners hand clip the boxwoods three to four times a year, […]

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