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My Ash Was Shot Up Today!

It’s July 23 and a relatively cool day outside, just right for giving my ash(es) an injection…

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…against the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). If you have a large ash (this is just too hard to write without laughing), I recommend getting shots. Just so you know, our five ash trees, ranging from 10″ – 23″ in diameter, cost $645 to be injected with a two-year treatment. This reduces to an average cost of $65/tree/year. Which is a whole lot less than cutting these trees down, especially because they are wedged in next to our garage, a new-ish fence, power lines, and ornamental plantings. Plus having been innoculated before, they look incredibly lush and healthy now.

And, puff puff, aren’t I something…the company that innoculated them, The Care of Trees, took my suggestion and made dogtags to hang on each tree showing when they were treated against EAB:

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Please have a forester inspect your big ol’ ash today! You’ll thank me later!#

By the way, ash is a very hard wood and if you have to cut down a tree, make sure you use the wood somehow. You can save it for firewood or have a portable sawmill come to your house and make some planks for flooring or tables or baseball bats or…building a log cabin.##

The Blues on the 4th of July

Happy 4th of July! It’s a great holiday, parades, picnics, pyrotechnics. What’s not to like?

Of course, you can get the blues on the 4th of July-but in a good way, in the garden. Two bulbs must be ordered for your garden because they are indispensable and you cannot have too many of either one. First, let me introduce, Brodiaea corrina:

A side view showing coloration of Brodiaea corrina

A side view showing coloration of Brodiaea corrina

Isn’t she beautiful? I can’t pronounce her name worth a damn (I call her “Corrina”), but these 2″ funnels of blue with darker blue midveins can be planted anywhere in your garden and you will be so pleased with yourself that you’ll glow all day with nary a depressing thought until the evening news comes on.

Then, to keep “Corinna” company, order yourself scads of Allium azureum, aka The Blue of the Heavens, introduced in 1830. A true blue that is so blue that even a pink flamingo turns into a blue flamingo in its company:

Allium azurum: globes of true blue color

Allium azurum: globes of true blue color

Both are available through mail order from John Scheepers, Inc. Order today and thank me next July 4th!#

Garden(er) Inspirations

Last week while shopping at Rich’s Foxwillow Pines Nursery in Woodstock, Il, I met a lovely gentleman named Art Tanimura. Art is a part-time salesperson at Rich’s because, he explained, “It’s a hike out here in traffic, but I really like the plants and the people I meet.” That’s a plenty fine reason to take a job, right? Art has a two-acre property in Long Grove, and as you can see, he’s done a remarkable job as a gardener. And, yes, he is a really good salesperson (very patient, very knowledgeable) of dwarf conifers, Asian maples, and the other wacky plants sold at Rich’s. By the way, Rich and Susan Eyre have a personal goal of building sixty hospitals in South America. (Don’t you LOVE people who think like that?) Your purchases of hostas and conifers are the backbone of making their dream come true.# PS If you would like to make a collage of your garden, however “modest”, send it here for posting. It can be your 15 minutes of fame!

Tanimura Garden, Long Grove, IL

Tanimura Garden, Long Grove, IL