Morning Office Visitor

Early in the morning last week, the Intreegue office was greeted by this wonderful creature - a Polyphemus Moth.

Polyphemus Moth

This guy is one species for the Giant Silk Moth group from the Saturniidae family. It's peculiar name stems from that of Greek derivation, from the cyclops in the Odyssey.  It is named this for it's lovely giant eyespots, reflecting that of the feared Greek giant named Polyphemus, son of Poseidon and Thoosa.

These moths are primarily tan-colored and bear an average wingspan of 10-15 cm. The antennae are comb-like in appearance with those of the males typically being larger than those of the females. Our friend appears to be a male!

The caterpillars consume leaves from a wide variety of trees including Maple, Birch, Oak and Willow, however, do not commonly cause damage to host trees. Surprisingly, the adults do not feed.

Though common, this particular species is seldom seen due to its short lifespan. They tend to fly in the earlier hours of the morning, which is how we spotted this fella.

You can help these unique creatures by:

  • Turning off bright exterior lights at night
  • Inspecting your vegetation for cocoons before trimming
  • Relocating your fallen leaves instead of shredding or burning them

What critters are you seeing outside this summer? Post your wildlife photos to our Facebook page! If you would like any more information on insects and pollinators, please feel free to contact office@intreeguedesigns.com

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What's Blooming Wednesday - Belladonna Lily

Belladonna Lily - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Summer is in full swing and we continue to see new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here!

Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing Naked Ladies (also known as the Belladonna Lily). 

On these, the green leaves push forth in the early spring and then die back to reveal these gorgeous ladies with “leg for days” in late summer!

Celebrating our 5th Anniversary!

Intreegue Design 5 Years.jpg

As we continue on our path of growth, we thank you, our clients, collaborators and friends, for joining with us to deliver successful projects and serve as stewards of the environment. As always, we strive for thoughtful design, environmental consideration and ultimately an inTREEgueing outcome! 

To celebrate, we hope you'll come visit our new digs in Elkridge, Maryland. We are excited to have visitors and showcase our space in the new Riverwatch Community, just a block away from the historic Furnace Inn and the Patapsco River.

We hope you'll also learn about our new projects! The breadth of our project sites encompass local, national and international work, spanning across the East and West Coast, Asia, Africa and Europe. Exciting projects on 'the boards' include a house in Napa Valley, an outdoor classroom for a private school in Pennsylvania, and a Visitor's Celebration Garden at the Embassy of Bangladesh which features a Shaheed Minar Monument (a Mother Language Monument, which is featured below). 

Thank you all for your incredible support as we celebrate our 5th Anniversary! Follow along with the hashtags #intreeguedesign and #intreegue5 for all the fun we'll be having this year! 

Visitor's Celebration Garden at the Embassy of Bangladesh - Intreegue Design

What's Blooming Wednesday - Annabelle Hydrangea + Astilbe Younique

Annabelle hydrangea + astilbe - Intreegue Design

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing the Annabelle Hydrangea or Smooth Hydrangea. We love love love this hydrangea - we love the huge white blooms and we find that this particular hydrangea has some of the strongest branches. Pruning tip: this hydrangea blooms on new wood, so leave it until early March and then cut back old wood about 6". This provides winter interest with the dried blooms. This hydrangea can be pruned back hard if needed.

This week, we're also seeing the Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'. This ethereal perennial provides beautiful 'misty' blooms in a shady area... and deer don't particularly like it, so that is a plus for the Maryland area!

 Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

Annabelle Hydrangea/Smooth Hydrangea

 Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

Astilbe Younique 'Silvery Pink'

What's Blooming Wednesday - Clematis

Clematis bloom - Intreegue Design.jpg

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

We love this beautiful Clematis!  We happened upon this particular vine in a forgotten 'secret garden' - it was growing up a volunteer white oak! It was hidden, so it was a nice surprise when the contrast of purple popped out from the deep green of the oak leaf.

The Clematis is a Spring bloomer. As a note, if you have a Spring blooming Clematis, they flower on last year's growth...meaning, if you are going to prune, prune them back as soon as they finish flowering this Spring. The benefit for the plant is that is will have the rest of the season to flush out new growth and produce more flowers for next year!

What's Blooming Wednesday - Baptisia + County Cork Bearded Iris

 Baptisia

Baptisia

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

Have you seen the Baptisia blooming? Also known as 'twilite prairieblues', the false indigo a great native. We love how it fills in and has a subtle 'smokey' color. This baptisia is a hybrid with great height and volume for the garden. It's quite drought-tolerant and looks great in August (when other plants tend to look 'really thirsty'). Also, you'll notice in August very interesting and striking seed pods...stay tuned for those! 

We're also seeing the County Cork Bearded Iris. This beautiful plant skyrockets to over 3 feet tall with an impressive show of giant blooms. We are in love with this iris - a real show stopper! Plus, deer won't eat it - which is great for Maryland gardens! If you're interested in adding one of these to your garden, we recommend buying from Breck's - BONUS: it's actually on sale right now!

 Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

 Baptisia

Baptisia

 Country Cork Bearded Iris 

Country Cork Bearded Iris 

National Public Gardens Day

 Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center

As an ardent visitor and member of some great public gardens here in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and our Nation's Capitol, we urge you to celebrate National Public Gardens Day by visiting one near you today!  To our Intreegue Design team, a public garden is a place to showcase our favorite medium — plants! It's also a place to 'get down and do some earthing'! To the community, a public garden can be an amazing resource for creating a sense of environmental responsibility, community engagement, and a place for learning. These special gardens are also a vibrant resources for sustainable practices and conversation. Many public gardens offer programs on plant conservation, water conservation, the preservation of green spaces, etc.

We recently visited one of our favorite public gardens, Mt. Cuba Center for a native orchids lecture. We toured their gardens and greenhouses, which hold some of the rarest native plants in the region - they work to conserve their genetic code for research, restoration and the enjoyment of their guests. They have a variety of programs offered at their location - from botany to sustainable gardening, eco-printed scarf making to floral painting! They are celebrating today with reduced admission and special activities. 

Another favorite is Ladew Gardens, named one of the top five gardens in North America! We recently visited for their annual Green Festival and took in the delightful views among their renowned gardens. The grounds contain more than 15 'garden rooms' — devoted to a single color, a single plant or a single theme (such as Water Lily Garden, Pink Garden and Rose Garden). In addition to the garden rooms, what Ladew is really known for its topiaries — they maintain over 100 topiaries on the property. They also offer special events and classes, including adult, children and family education.

 Ladew

Ladew

 Ladew

Ladew

Gardens located all over the country are celebrating the day - find out participants near you on the National Public Gardens Day Facebook page! 

And don't forget, Colleen Vacelet will be speaking at Cylburn Arboretum on Saturday - a lecture titled: Cultivating a Pollinator Habitat.

Here is a list of some of our favorites: (a few of which we've done projects for!):

 Desert Botanical Gardens

Desert Botanical Gardens

What's Blooming Wednesday - Lilac shrubs + Camellias

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week, we're seeing Lilac shrubs - the Miss Kim variety! These ornamental beauties are known for their sweet smell. The flower blooms are heavily clustered and boast a dreamy fragrance you can smell around the neighborhood! 

We've also spotted some stunning Camellias blooms! The Camellia japonica begins flowering in early spring with buds clustering mid-summer, unlike the Camellia sasanqua. The flowers grow between 3-5” with 5-8 petals. There are many cultivars allowing great variety in flower color and formation. 

 Lilac Miss Kim

Lilac Miss Kim

 Camellia japonica

Camellia japonica

What's Blooming Wednesday - Judd Viburnum + Ajuga Chocolate Chip

 Judd Viburnum

Judd Viburnum

Welcome back to What’s Blooming Wednesday! Nature brings us exciting new shapes and colors every week - on Wednesdays, we hand pick our favorites and feature them here! Check out what’s blooming this week and what you might see in your neighborhood!

This week we're seeing Native Judd Viburnum everywhere! This shrub is wonderfully fragrant with a soft smell that you may have smell before you see. Their flower buds start out pink, then open to a creamy white. In their spring/early summer blooming season, they attract pollinators with their nectar. 

Also, check out the Ajuga Chocolate Chip! This plant provides great ground cover with a tight mat of chocolate-brown foliage with dark green undertones. In the spring, we see these lovely blue/purple flowers rise above the dark to create a pretty pattern. 

And, last but not least, be on the lookout for the Apple Blossoms! The timing of apple tree blooms can vary annually based on fluctuating winter/spring temperatures (of which we've had our fair share) but this week we saw the first blooms from our espalier apple tree! 

 Ajuga Chocolate Chip

Ajuga Chocolate Chip

 Apple blossom

Apple blossom