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!
From the moment you enter this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden show, you know you are in for a treat. Paying homage to Navy Pier’s 100th birthday, the entrance garden features Chicago landmarks, pink and white roses, lush ferns and purple Senetti pericallis. I love the exhibits of tulips, hyacinths and roses. I am more… Continue reading Gardens of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Spring is in the air at Navy Pier. The Chicago Flower & Garden show began last Saturday and continues through Sunday, March 26. There are many reasons to take your green thumbs to the show. Here are the top five: See beautiful gardens. The garden designed and built by Aquascape Inc. is worth the price… Continue reading 5 Reasons to go to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Happy National Strawberry Day! Strawberries deserve a day, don’t you think? They are sweet and yummy and full of Vitamin C and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants and have a relatively low glycemic index. Eating strawberries may improve heart health and help prevent cancer. I planted strawberries and peas together in a large pot… Continue reading Plant a Pot of Peas & Strawberries
It won’t be long before plants should be growing like gangbusters in our gardens again. What can we do if a few of them seem less than enthusiastic to wake up or are struggling to get their green on? First, commit to building the health of your soil over the upcoming season. “Feed your soil… Continue reading Understanding Fertilizers: What do those numbers mean?