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Walk through my Spring Landscape

A couple days ago, I sat on my front porch looking out over a pot filled with Antique Shades pansies and breathed in the heavenly fragrance of the Judd viburnum right behind. I marveled at the beauty of the crabapple’s dark pink buds beginning to open, revealing pristine white flowers. I decided to walk through… Continue reading Walk through my Spring Landscape


2017 is the Year of the Daffodil

I don’t know a soul who doesn’t love daffodils. Like rays of sunshine rising from the ground, they announce the arrival of spring, the commencement of another growing season and renewal. Whether they are commonly called jonquils or daffodils, Narcissus are easy to grow and dependably long-lived, often outliving the gardener who planted them. With… Continue reading 2017 is the Year of the Daffodil

Garden Musings

Gardeners and Gardens – a Great Partnership

Earth Day is a great day to thank our planet for all she does for gardeners. Spending time in our gardens is the best medicine to relieve stress and reclaim serenity from our daily grinds. I work long, fast-paced days at The Planter’s Palette, a garden center in the Chicago suburbs, and even though I… Continue reading Gardeners and Gardens – a Great Partnership

Annuals · Bulbs

Growing Ranunculus

Mother Nature pulled out all the stops when she fashioned the ranunculus. Their magnificent flowers are made up of layers upon layers of silky petals so exquisite, they seem artificial. These cool-season flowers are perfect for spring containers, mingling with snapdragons, stock, pansies and alyssum. Plants can be purchased at local garden centers, but they… Continue reading Growing Ranunculus