Annuals · Garden Musings · Houseplants · Tropicals

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

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Musings · Garden Planning · Perennials · Shrubs · Trees · Wildlife in the Garden

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

Annuals · Birds in the Garden · Container Gardening · Perennials

Hummingbirds will be back soon!

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!