Frost pilfers the color from most annuals but ornamental cabbage and kale fight off its assault. Depending on the weather in a particular year, ornamental kale is still beautiful during the holidays at my house! The photo on the left shows some ornamental kale in a pot early last December. It was still so pretty… Continue reading Ornamental cabbage and kale love it cool!
Needing some fall color therapy, I headed over to Cantigny Park before work earlier this week. The autumn splendor of the gardens was magical. Just outside the Visitors Center, majestic trees in orange and yellow offered a glimpse of what the gardens had to offer. A squirrel photo bombed! The symmetrical design of mums, flowering… Continue reading Walk through Cantigny Gardens with me.
I am in end-of-season panic mode in my gardens. Shortening days and cooler temperatures signal time is running out before snow covers my landscape in a blanket of white. For those of you who haven’t followed my blog from the beginning, I am in the process of reclaiming my yard and my life after years… Continue reading End-of-Season Panic Gardening
When we built our pond almost fifteen years ago, I constructed two small flagstone patios – one tiny space just off the deck outside the master bedroom and a larger patio where a glider bench beckons folks to sit a spell as they move from the family room deck to the backyard. I love the… Continue reading Planting Thyme in Flagstone Patios
Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.