The Chicago Flower & Garden Show was a welcome sight for my winter weary eyes. Although the show was more theatre than actual gardens, it was chockfull of ideas and inspiration for gardeners of all types. Here’s a recap through this gardener’s eyes. A garden by Aquascape Inc. featured the sound of rushing water. I… Continue reading Chicago Flower & Garden Show: A Breath of Spring
When the weekend weather forecast predicts partly sunny skies with high temps between 40 and 50° it is going to be a great weekend to get outside and get some early spring gardening chores checked off the list. If the soil is too moist to get in the garden to cut back perennials, we can… Continue reading Early Spring Garden Chores to do this Weekend
As long as the soil is dry enough to walk on, it’s time to start cleaning up perennial borders. As anxious as we are to get back in the garden, however, never walk on moist soil in the garden. It will cause soil compaction that may take years of amending with compost to correct. If… Continue reading Time to Cut Back Perennials
You have to love a sunny yellow flower that pops up from the ground, often snow-covered, just when you think you can’t take another drab winter day. Winter aconites are some of the earliest spring bloomers in Chicagoland, reassuring us that spring is on its way. Eranthis hyemalis, as winter aconites are botanically named, are… Continue reading Winter Aconites proclaim spring is on its way!
It won’t be long before seed starting begins at my house. Besides the joy of watching seedlings emerge and grow into full-size plants, starting plants from seeds gives me the chance to fill my gardens with more plants. Let’s face it…if you want a LOT of flowers and vegetables, it can get very expensive purchasing… Continue reading Getting Ready for Seed Starting