Wow! I walked around the corner to the sunny side of our property and there it was – my fringe tree in full bloom. I stopped dead in my tracks and gazed at it. I planted it almost five years ago when it was quite small and here it was, now six feet tall and… Continue reading Fringe Trees are Fantastic!
Who knew? I guess I should have. In fact, shame on me for not being aware of the work many have done to make Chicago a city that lots and lots of pollinators call home. While at the Association of Garden Communicators Convention a couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to tour several beautiful… Continue reading Chicago: A City for Pollinators
My daughter, Katie, told someone the other day that she is everything she is today because of me. My heart swelled. A few days later, I was driving up the long driveway at my mom’s house and, as I admired her beautiful gardens, I thought, I am the person I am today because of her,… Continue reading Mothers, Daughters & Gardens
Some folks talk about making a difference and others, like Gina Iliopoulos and Edward Caplan, take action to make their neighborhood a better place. And as a result, Chicago residents in the Old Irving Park community have an opportunity to connect with nature and learn about pollinators and the plants that support them at Keeler… Continue reading Keeler Gardens – Connecting Neighbors with Nature
I love small shrubs that can take the place of perennials in the garden. Shrubs are generally less demanding than perennials – no deadheading, no cutting back after flowering to maintain form or to prompt another round of blooms, and no dead foliage to remove at the end of the season. Not just any shrub… Continue reading My Monet Weigela – A Masterpiece