Spring is in the air and at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  See everything you love about antiques, garden items and indoor gardens by Chicago’s best.  Come see Schmechtig’s installation, "Serenity Corners" built in collaboration with Royal Building Products.  The hardscape of the garden features Zuri decks with unique accent inlays, Woodway trellises, Arboria benches and Unilock Rivercrest stone walls.  The softscape incorporates four specimen ornamental trees with a backdrop of Arborvitae, a foreground of Boxwood and an understory of flowering groundcover and accent perennials. Further enhancements to this garden are provided by hand crafted Kimball and Bean containers planted with a rich composition of spring color.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:51

Lessons on Red - from the great outdoors

Red is a distinct color in the natural world and excites awe.  Here’s a lesson on Red from the great outdoors to inspire you, by Laura Gaskill, a Houzz Contributor.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25319618?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u475&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery5

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To ensure a long-term healthy and beautiful landscape, there are important spring clean-up maintenance steps to perform in the spring. This winter was harsh and the high winds and severe temperatures caused branches to crack.  When this happens dieback can occur. The first step to ensure a healthy landscape is the removal of winter debris, including fall leaves, twigs and winter cover. This includes the corrective pruning of trees with cracked branches, perennials and flowering shrubs. Additionally, perennials in your garden may need to be divided and replanted.

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Schmechtig Landscapes, Winnetka, IL.

The second step is to include the necessary applications of broad spectrum, granular spring fertilizers.  This will provide the plants a readily available source of nutrients throughout the growing season and aid with new plant growth. By seeking lawn care and garden plant bed care now, you will have a summer full of a healthy rich green lawn along with bountiful flowers.

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Don't forget, it is also time to plant beautiful annual displays and apply mulch or compost to all plant beds to provide an aesthetically pleasing, nutrient filled layer across the landscape.  Remember a landscape company can always assist with any questions or help you need.

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Answer the following 9 questions to learn what decorating style suits you best. I'm transitional - not too modern but not too traditional.  What style suits you? My thanks to Mitchell Parker of the Houzz editorial staff for sharing this quiz.  http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25171951?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u473&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery1

 

 

 

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Friday, 04 April 2014 11:40

8 Dreamy Ways With Outdoor Chaises

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Here’s eight elegant modern chaise longues (sometimes called chaise lounges) for your summer daydreams  from Houzz Contributor Christine Tusher.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/25059464?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u469&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery11

Enjoy!

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Gardeners and local food enthusiasts are growing ingredients for their lunches and dinners, but how about for their drinks, writes Annie Thornton of the Houzz Editorial Staff.   Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller The Drunken Botanist, has forged a different path into edible gardening, focusing on our lengthy, and alcoholic, ties to plants.

“We’ve been making alcoholic beverages from plants for at least 10,000 years, and probably longer,” Stewart says. “What I wanted to do with this
book was to get people to appreciate our long and storied history with plants and alcohol.”  Read more including the Lavender Martini recipe.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/24139174?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u469&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery2

 

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Shake off the winter blues and spring into action to get your home in the spirit of the new season. Here's your April checklist for a smooth-running home.

My favorite Houzz contributor,  shares her list of to-dos:

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Barrington Hills, IL., Schmechtig Landscapes

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 Charlotte Albers, a Houzz Contributor has featured one of our project installations this week.  According to Charlotte, “The first day of spring, March 20, is a cause for celebration for everyone who has weathered a long, cold winter. We crave the sun as much as our gardens do and so it seems fitting to focus on sundials and the many ways they can be added to a garden scheme for beauty and practicality. 

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Schmechtig Landscapes garden installation, Winnetka IL.

Read more of her article: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/21790139?utm_source=Houzz&utm_campaign=u460&utm_medium=email&utm_content=gallery23

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Midwesterners are growing tired of the winter – enough with the snow and freezing temperatures. I know I cannot wait to enjoy the longer spring days and see our tulips and gardens come alive.

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To ensure a long-term healthy and beautiful landscape, there are important spring clean-up maintenance steps crews perform in the spring. The most important step is the removal of winter debris, including fall leaves, twigs and winter cover. This includes the pruning of perennials and flowering shrubs. Additionally, perennials in your garden may need to be divided and replanted.

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Winnetka, IL. Schmechtig Landscapes

There are necessary applications of broad spectrum, granular spring fertilizers that will provide the plants a readily available source of nutrients throughout the growing season and aid with new plant growth. By seeking and securing lawn care and garden plant bed professional care now, you will have a summer full of a healthy rich green lawn along with bountiful flowers. It's also time to create a plan for your beautiful annual plant displays and your mulch or compost applications to all plant beds to provide an aesthetically pleasing, nutrient filled layer across the landscape.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:10

Recipe Thursday - Simple Roasted Chicken

It's Thursday again or as I like to call it almost Friday Eve. Here's our weekly recipe entry.

Simple Whole Roast Chicken – perfect every time and just in time for the weekend!
Ingredients:

1 – 4 lb. whole chicken
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 cloves of garlic crushed

Directions:

In a bowl mix the following ingredients: salt, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Rub chicken with mixture. You can also rub some inside the chicken after rinsing and drying the chicken.  There will not be a lot of the mixed ingredients left to rub inside but it will work.
Cover chicken and place in fridge for 24 hours.
Preheat oven at 500 degrees.
Stuff chicken cavity with 8 cloves crushed garlic.
Place the chicken breast side down on rack in a roasting pan.
Roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven.  Reduce heat to 450 degrees and continue roasting for 15 minutes.  Baste chicken with drippings and reduce heat to 425 degrees.   Continue roasting for 30 minutes. (The chicken’s internal temperature should be 180 degrees.)
 Let stand 20 minutes before serving.
If you want the chicken browned, cook breast side up for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

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