With Easter just around the corner, it was time to get my window boxes planted for spring. Here’s how I planted them step by step. If you followed the plantings of my window boxes last year, you might remember re-painting them was on my list of things to do. Well, it’s back on this year’s… Continue reading Spring Window Boxes
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
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
Hummingbirds have almost reached southern Illinois and it won’t be long until they return to our backyards. After their winter vacation in Central America, hummingbirds started their trek back to our landscapes in January. Males started the journey first; females followed a couple weeks later. They flew 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico and… Continue reading Hummingbirds will be back soon!
It is no wonder the National Garden Bureau named 2017 the Year of the Pansy. Considered a weed before the 19th century, the pansy is now the quintessential flower of the season. Planted in containers, window boxes or the garden, they announce the arrival of spring in your landscape. Many favor pansies with dark blotches… Continue reading It’s the Year of the Pansy!