When most of us think of community or school gardens, we might think of a small patch near the playground, perhaps a raised bed or two with rows of easy-to-grow vegetables. This client had something different in mind and knew Scott Byron and Company could pull it off.Read More
June is National Rose Month, which is appropriate since all the roses are currently in bloom. Though some organizations in our industry seem to have moved away from awarding traditional gardens and have instead embraced contemporary designs with monoculture planting schemes, I remain charmed by these cheerful hallmarks of the traditional garden. Bursting with color, roses have long been associated with love and appreciation and so I think this is a good time to reflect that love and appreciation back to them. (Roses have also been symbols for war, politics, and religion….Truly, roses are for every occasion.)
At Scott Byron & Co., we work with local growers and nurseries for most of our rose needs. In the fall, we work with Roses & Roses & Roses in Wadsworth, IL to order all our hybrid tea roses so that we have the quantity and quality that we need and that our clients expect and in the spring we work with other growers, such as Midwest Groundcovers, to fill our Knock Out rose and other shrub rose needs. So far this year, we’ve already planted over 500 roses! If you’d like to add a rose garden to your landscape or need help maintaining an existing garden, we have you covered.
Unrelated to roses, but something interesting nonetheless…I was looking up other national month holidays that are associated with June and found a strange one. June is also the National Fight the Filthy Fly Month and June 21st is St. Leufredus’ Day (St. Leufredus is the patron saint against flies). The more you know! Basil plants, lavender oil, and whole cloves are supposedly fly repellent, so get them out for any outdoor activities this weekend and maybe St. Leufredus can intervene and keep your Father’s Day fly free.
Take care and have an amazing weekend. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!
7 weeks until Halloween. 11 weeks until Thanksgiving. 14 weeks until Chanukah. 15 weeks until Christmas. I am already overwhelmed for the holidays despite them being, at minimum, 7 weeks away. I still have to make my nephews’ Halloween costumes. They want to be dinosaurs and even though I’ve had the pattern for the tails for over a month I haven’t done a thing. Oops. I just moved this summer so my family has nominated me to host Thanksgiving this year for the first time. Should I panic?
Some of my favorite parts of the holidays (except for having days off work and being with family) are all the seasonal and holiday arrangements. I could search Pinterest all day to look at table arrangements, floral arrangements, and any other garden holiday displays. If you haven’t already, now is the time to be confirming fall annuals and thinking about winter interest. By late September, we’re designing and installing the fall plantings – Mums, Kale, Pansies, pumpkins and gourds, ornamental peppers, and whatever else our Property Improvement department thinks up. While the annuals loading area has been sparse the past few weeks, deliveries of new fall annuals have begun to arrive and awash our yard with color.
Take this quiet time of the landscape, when the weather has turned but the leaves have yet to fall, to assess your own garden and determine what you would do differently this fall or next summer. We can help. Whether you’re a planner or a procrastinator, we’ve got you covered. Good luck with your holiday planning, whether it starts 15 weeks early or the day before.
Has it already been four weeks since my last post? We’ve been in the heart of one of our busiest times in the year, when each moment is filled with researching, concepting, drafting, permitting, and estimating. It’s a lot of work, but a bonus is being able to go on site visits on perfect summer days. We must enjoy it now since in a handful of months we’ll be doing site visits in the snow and freezing temperatures.
In the midst of all the insanity at work, I remembered that gardening and design is fun. It’s not all drainage patterns and sun/shade evaluations. Sometimes we get to design tree houses, children’s gardens, and sculpture gardens. Adding art, or a touch of whimsy, to your garden says a lot about a person and gives your garden personality. There’s no need to go overboard, but a gazing ball, sculpture, hidden gnome, bird house, or whatever your decide, marks your garden as distinctly your own. Not to mention that they bring a smile to your face and if your garden isn’t making you happy then what’s the point?
At Scott Byron & Co., we don’t typically choose your garden art, but we will help you by designing an appropriate place for it and helping you place it. Here are some of my favorite artful moments that I’ve seen while working at SBC.