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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

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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

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Walk through Friendship Park Conservatory

Several weeks ago, I spoke to the Garden Club of Mt. Prospect at the Friendship Park Conservatory in Des Plaines. I arrived early so I would have time to experience the conservatory before my presentation. Outside, winter winds were gusting over 50 mph but inside the conservatory, the air was warm and the flowers and… Continue reading Walk through Friendship Park Conservatory

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Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators