Annuals · Bulbs · Container Gardening

Start Dahlias Indoors for Earlier Blooms in the Garden

Even though spring is reluctant to make an appearance so far this year, there is plenty of gardening going on indoors at my house. Last weekend, seed starting continued and overwintered tubers of dahlias, freed from their winter hibernation in the basement, were planted. Dahlias are flamboyant performers. Their flowers bloom in a rainbow of… Continue reading Start Dahlias Indoors for Earlier Blooms in the Garden

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials · Water Gardening

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: A Breath of Spring

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

Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden

Winter Aconites proclaim spring is on its way!

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!