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Timeline Through Landscape Design - ARCHIVES 2015

Digging and Storing Cannas

Now is the time to dig and store your tropical bulbs and bulb-like structures. Today I will be focusing on cannas (Photo 1), which has a rhizome structure. Although this is termed differently, these tropical plants should be treated as tender bulbs and should be dug up before the first killing...
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Overwintering Sweet Potato Vines

I almost missed the window to overwinter my ornamental sweet potato vines. Luckily, so far in the Chicago region the temperature only hit a low of 35 degrees Fahrenheit. As you can see in Photo 1, the vines were only slightly damaged by this minor frost. In case you are curious as to the definition...
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Holiday Beautification for Winter Container Gardens

By now you may be getting tired of looking at your remaining spent plants or bare container gardens. Why not spruce them up for the winter with some greenery, twigs and other holiday decorations? When designing my home landscape, I considered planting evergreens and shrubs that I could cut for use...
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Fall Landscape Improvement: Transplanting Perennials

Welcome to my new blog! Thank you for showing interest. I will be writing and posting photos about my seasonal landscape improvements here. Please contact me if you would like me to post on certain topics. I have been observing my landscape and noticed some room for improvements with my...
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Status of transplanted perennial

Hello all! After my last post, I figured some of you may be thinking I'll believe it when I see it. Well, here it is! I took the photo above two weeks after transplanting and cutting back my coral bells. In just two short weeks numerous leaves have started to re-grow after my "harsh" cut...
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Dividing Peonies

If you read my last post I was going to write about cutting and preserving herbs, but since the weather is still cooperating I wish to complete a different landscape task. The landscape improvement I decided to focus on this week is dividing peonies. If you are looking to divide your peonies, this...
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