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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!

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Spring can’t get here fast enough!

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!

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Ultra Violet is great color choice for gardeners!

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!

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Goals for the Garden in 2018

It’s that time of year again, time to announce to the world our resolutions for the upcoming year. As I considered the goals for my garden next year, a common theme kept reoccurring – conserving resources. Check out the resolutions for my garden in 2018. Save the seeds from more annuals, perennials and vegetables. I… Continue reading Goals for the Garden in 2018

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2017 Garden Reflections

The final days of a calendar year invite reflection. As I was beginning to make plans and set goals for my landscape in 2018, I spent some time reviewing the past season by organizing plant labels and garden center receipts, reading entries in my garden journal, and looking through all of the photographs taken of… Continue reading 2017 Garden Reflections