What a Spring it's been!

Perfect for every gardener that ever was. This has been by far the busiest Spring for us in our 118 years here in Wheaton selling nursery stock to our friends and customers in the Chicagoland area.
Starting with the Spring symphony of crocus, hyachinths, jonquils and tulips, the overture of Redbuds, forsythia and flowering of all trees such as maples, amelanchier, 
pear, well you get the drift. And speaking of drift, the air is still full of intoxicating scents at the nursery here in Wheaton. Yes we were due a good year after the heat and dry times we have endured.
Speaking of the past drought and warm conditions we had though, many of our brave sentinels, the trees we have grown to love are suffering or have died this year.
The Ash trees have especially have taken it hard. There are preventative measures, but in talking to the Illinois state inspector it was suggested new and different varieties of trees  
should be considered to replace them.
Now on the subject of planning, the roses in your yard, you know, the ones that have never looked better, well without preventative measures taken now will be the feast for the Japanese beatles coming soon. We have systemic insecticides that are just sprinkled onto the soil that goes into the blood stream of the plants that will thwart them. Don't think roses are the only thing these creatures have their eye on, oh no, they also like grapes, red leaf plums, linden trees, tallhedge (fineline) and a few more plants. Application is easier than making a Margarita!
We have the best selection (no kidding) of flowers this year with all the potting soils and amendments you'll need for making your yard and grounds look even better than they do now.
Now to bushes and trees;  more cut leaf Japanese Maples have arrived along with Degroot's Spire evergreens, Umbrella pine, Tri-colored Beech, Crimson Fire Oak, Black gum, Parrotia, Foxfire Katsura, Varigated Oak, Weeping Alaskan Cedar, dwarf and regular Bridal Wreath, Blondy Euonymus and Burning bush trees!, Oh and this year we have Camperdown Weeping Elm trees in, you know like the one along Roosevelt Road in front our store in stock and a great size that will look like something as soon as you plant it.
I hope to see you soon  Steve
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Take a tranquil journey, without leaving home

We too are sojourners on this Earth with you and daily need to escape from the rigors of this World.

Nature is one of the purest ways to partake of our Host. We are able to create our own Heaven with fundamental material of limitless variety to soothe our soul. Size does not matter either. What does matter is that you can escape.

We want you to take a trip with me to a place of relaxation, tranquility, fragrance and beauty. It's your Shangri-la, your dream, your destination, your sweet spot, your home.

When you arrive no matter the time, it's important that you leave every trial behind you and save what you must for the following day. You are now entering Heaven on earth or at least we hope you are...If you doubt this statement perhaps we may assist you create the paradise that you deserve.

At Wheaton Nurseries we have the passion needed to supply you with a design that fits your lifestyle. The finest of plant material including shade trees to organic vegetables.  Cast stone accents for your pleasure. Arbors for climbing roses or as a focal point. An amendment for your garden or an answer to your question.

Wheaton Nurseries invites you back to celebrate spring again with us and believe us when we say that you can Escape, Now, Here.

Since 1895

Snow is here and spring's not far away...

Well the snow has finally arrived and I feel Winter has arrived.

I now turn my attention to Spring and wonder what it will be like, and more importantly what will Summer bring. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and return to the cold snowy day that's at hand all it's beauty.

I'm also glad we received the heavy rains beforehand, we surely needed it. Checking the weather data for over 100 years in Chicago area I found there is little to be concerned about. Spring may be a bit earlier now then in years past and overall a few degrees warmer during the year but no changes in leaps or bounds have arrived unannounced. Some years are wetter than others, some years there's more snow, but overall I see no need for the hairs on the back of my neck to stand up in fear.

Nature is something you have to roll with because it can't be fought. All that said I hope for a year that we can enjoy, relish, surmount and grow in. Enjoy the beauty of today.