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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!

Annuals · Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Perennials · Shrubs · Vegetable Gardening

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!

Birds in the Garden · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Container Gardening · Perennials

New Perennials in 2018

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

Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Perennials

Allium ‘Millenium’ is 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

Every year since 1990, the good folks of The Perennial Plant Association has chosen an outstanding perennial to tout for the upcoming year. The plant must be able to grow in many climates across the country, require little maintenance, offer interest to the garden in multiple seasons and rarely be bothered by pests or diseases.… Continue reading Allium ‘Millenium’ is 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year

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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