Annuals · Bulbs · Container Gardening

Start Dahlias Indoors for Earlier Blooms in the Garden

Even though spring is reluctant to make an appearance so far this year, there is plenty of gardening going on indoors at my house. Last weekend, seed starting continued and overwintered tubers of dahlias, freed from their winter hibernation in the basement, were planted. Dahlias are flamboyant performers. Their flowers bloom in a rainbow of… Continue reading Start Dahlias Indoors for Earlier Blooms in the Garden

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials · Water Gardening

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: A Breath of Spring

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

Annuals · Garden DIY · Herbs · Perennials · Vegetable Gardening

Getting Ready for Seed Starting

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

Annuals · Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Perennials · Shrubs · Vegetable Gardening

Spring can’t get here fast enough!

I don’t know about you, but I am sick of winter. I’ve studied seed catalogs and ordered seeds. I’ve edited my plant wish lists. I’ve grown amaryllis, cared for poinsettias and Christmas cactus, started forcing bulbs, and it won’t be long before seed starting begins. But I need spring! I need to be outside. I… Continue reading Spring can’t get here fast enough!