A couple days ago, I sat on my front porch looking out over a pot filled with Antique Shades pansies and breathed in the heavenly fragrance of the Judd viburnum right behind. I marveled at the beauty of the crabapple’s dark pink buds beginning to open, revealing pristine white flowers. I decided to walk through… Continue reading Walk through my Spring Landscape
I purchased a large lantern a few years ago when it was on sale after Christmas. It was one of those impulsive buys, but I couldn’t pass up such a great deal, could I? Although it’s always decorated for Christmas, it often spends the rest of the year in the basement. A week or so… Continue reading Decorating a Lantern for Spring
With Easter just around the corner, it was time to get my window boxes planted for spring. Here’s how I planted them step by step. If you followed the plantings of my window boxes last year, you might remember re-painting them was on my list of things to do. Well, it’s back on this year’s… Continue reading Spring Window Boxes
Hummingbirds have almost reached southern Illinois and it won’t be long until they return to our backyards. After their winter vacation in Central America, hummingbirds started their trek back to our landscapes in January. Males started the journey first; females followed a couple weeks later. They flew 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico and… Continue reading Hummingbirds will be back soon!
It is no wonder the National Garden Bureau named 2017 the Year of the Pansy. Considered a weed before the 19th century, the pansy is now the quintessential flower of the season. Planted in containers, window boxes or the garden, they announce the arrival of spring in your landscape. Many favor pansies with dark blotches… Continue reading It’s the Year of the Pansy!