In enumerating spring-blooming trees and shrubs in this space recently,  how on earth could I forget to give mention to Fothergilla ( no common name) and Exochorda (Pearlbush)? Both are at their blooming best right now.

Fothergilla sports creamy white bottlebrush - like flowers at branch ends long before leaves emerge and have a faint honey-like scent.  Flowers are attractive for a couple of weeks.

Poor Pearlbush. For 50 1/2 weeks of the year it maintains a rather obscure position in the landscape, not especially showy in outline or leaf.  But for a brief shining moment in late May, boy, does Pearlbush take center stage.  Glistening white pearl-like buds up and down every stem followed by charming daisy-like flowers transform the dowdy old maid into a stellar beauty.

Neither of these shrubs have gained the attention I think they deserve.  Well-worth looking for.

I guess it's high time to start weeding - if only the rains would cease long enough to allow us time in the garden.  We remember this time of the year the millions and millions of seeds Maple and Elms pawned off on us last fall.  A week ago Elms germinated, followed by Maples bothering us this week.  We could start a nursery.  Garlic Mustard is abloom now - best to knock it out before it goes to seed or you'll be sorry.

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Kelley & Kelley History

                      Our History                             
By Steve Kelley, Proprietor 
    Bill Kelley, a land surveyor, and his brother Rod, a landscape designer, joined forces in 1922 to establish Kelley & Kelley, coaxing a small parcel of land from their parents Will and Ella (my great grand parents) on which to set up shop. The Kelleys (Will and Ella, Bill and Rod and their six brothers and sisters) came to Long Lake from Missouri in the early 1900's, settling on the land that is still home to Kelley & Kelley. The site was a working farm for the Kelleys; the barn and machine shed stand as a reminder. Likewise, mature trees - spruce, white pine, arborvitae, ginkgo and maple - scattered here and there attest to the property's days as a growing range. Our current nursery stock, potted annuals, perennials and shrubs find temporary homes in an informal fashion amongst this canopy. You'll find that display gardens and growing beds ramble around the property, with a lovingly - maintained 1930's era glass greenhouse as the center of attention. It all adds up to a pleasant, relaxed, day-in-the-country kind of character.

We're justly proud of our little 91 year old family enterprise and love nothing more than greeting customers on the old home grounds and sharing our love of plants, gardens, and gardening. We invite your visit. 

 Bill and Ingred Kelley, Marian and Rod Kelley Circa 1940's


     Initially operating out of their homes, The Kelley boys by 1930 or so felt that their new little business was successful enough to warrant a proper home of its own. This was their first little office. Cute, huh?


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