Rain had fallen like cats and dogs most of the morning, but the rain stopped when a bus, filled with garden bloggers, arrived at the garden of Jenny Stocker. We were so fortunate to experience her magnificent landscape without umbrellas. Jenny’s garden was one of the best examples of a landscape divided into garden rooms… Continue reading Garden of Jenny Stocker
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!
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!
If gardeners can’t plunge their green thumbs into the soil in winter, we keep them happy by thinking about it. We plan; we sketch; we picture plant combinations in our dreams. Our plant wish lists fill up with the names of perennials we can’t wait to try. Here is a sampling of some of the… Continue reading New Perennials in 2018