I am generally pretty demanding when it comes to the perennials in my landscape. There isn’t much room for those one-and-done types, those perennials that bloom for three weeks and then offer little else to the garden. But when it comes to bulbs, all bets are off, and here’s why. Bulbs are a gardener’s reward… Continue reading It’s Crocus Time!
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
You have to love a sunny yellow flower that pops up from the ground, often snow-covered, just when you think you can’t take another drab winter day. Winter aconites are some of the earliest spring bloomers in Chicagoland, reassuring us that spring is on its way. Eranthis hyemalis, as winter aconites are botanically named, are… Continue reading Winter Aconites proclaim spring is on its way!
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!
Who is Pantone and why do people care when they announce their choice for Color of the Year? The Pantone Color Institute is a global authority that consults with companies on color – the color of their brands, the color of their products and how to use color to influence their customers. Pantone is recognized… Continue reading Ultra Violet is great color choice for gardeners!