Thursday, August 30, 2012


Sioux Crape Myrtle
For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these "it might have been." So said John Greenleaf Whittier, back around 1856. He wrote in a slightly different context (to say the least!). But what called this to mind for me was a recent visit to our Iles Farm and the sight of our Crape Myrtles bursting with color.

August doesn't usually provide such things, what with the heat and often near drought conditions. So, I thought, what might have been .... the look of YOUR yard in August, if you had just installed some Crapes.

Here are some more pictures of our Crapes Myrtles. Most of our varieties are Lagerstroemia fauriei, indica, or some other cross pollinated cultivar, but I give here the more charming common identifier for each. Mainly because I like the whimsy of it all!

12 foot Biloxi
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Friday, August 24, 2012

From Soup to Nuts - Continued

For those of you just tuning in, we are posting pictures from one of our latest jobs. This was a large, three month project which we literally took from the ground up. In our previous post, we showed you lots of 'before' pictures; below are a few more 'before' photos, followed by the 'after.'
But first, I just have to post these pictures. The one above shows our customer coming from a direction we weren't expecting to conduct a surprise inspection! Needless to say, we had to stop work and look at this classic car.
But now, back to the project. Enjoy! We certainly did.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

From Soup to Nuts

 "Soup to Nuts." Wikipedia tells us (so it has to be true, right?) that this is an "American English idiom conveying the meaning of "from beginning to end". Apparently it is derived from someone's notion of a full course dinner, which begins with soup and ends with a dessert of nuts.

My desserts are usually a little sweeter than that.  But be that as it may, here is a recent 'soup to nuts' project, in which our crews built the lawn and landscape literally from the ground up. From excavation to grading, to installation of irrigation, shrubs, flowers, trees, and sod, this project took 3 months of concentrated work.

The work was so extensive that it will take two posts, just to cover it all!

Herewith the 'before' pictures:

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