Plant of the Week from U of I Extension

Plant of the Week from U of I Extension

After a recent trip to the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon and sitting in on a recent program on Rose Rosette virus, my mind is currently on roses. So, Roses it is for this week’s Plant of the Week! The fragrance, the beauty, the vase life,...
Nature and Fallen Leaves

Nature and Fallen Leaves

Not only do leaves make trees look beautiful, their importance in sustaining life on this planet cannot be understated. Their bright green appearance in the spring is an indication of the beginning of a new life cycle. In the summer leaves provide much needed shelter...
Indicators of Trunk Decay

Indicators of Trunk Decay

A good indicator of decay is the presence of fungal fruiting structures on the trunk, limbs, or roots.  Fungal fruiting structures come in a variety of shapes such as bracket, hoof, shelf (collectively called conks) and mushrooms (toadstools).  Textures can range from...
Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

According to horticulture experts in Illinois, favorable spring and summer weather will lead to vibrant fall tree colors throughout the state. Some sugar and red maples have already started to change color at Klehm.  The fall tree colors could last longer if the first...
Why Leaves Change Color

Why Leaves Change Color

Every autumn we revel in the beauty of the fall colors. The mixture of red, purple, orange and yellow is the result of chemical processes that take place in the tree as the seasons change from summer to winter. During the spring and summer the leaves have served as...
Planting Bulbs

Planting Bulbs

Gardeners can find a wide selection of spring bulbs for planting right now. The earlier the bulb goes into the ground the longer it will have to establish before cold soil temperatures arrive. Even if you end up planting spring bulbs with your parka on, the bulbs will...