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Plant a Pollinator Pot

This week is National Pollinator Week. It is meant to call attention to the importance of pollinators. We have pollinators to thank for more than a third of the world’s crops, and their numbers are declining – a fact that should make us all want to do more to help butterflies, moths, bees of all… Continue reading Plant a Pollinator Pot

Annuals · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Container Gardening · Garden Design · Herbs · Perennials · Vegetable Gardening

Garden of Jenny Stocker

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

Annuals · Bulbs · Garden Musings · Herbs · Perennials · Water Gardening

Chicago Flower & Garden Show: A Breath of Spring

The Chicago Flower & Garden Show was a welcome sight for my winter weary eyes. Although the show was more theatre than actual gardens, it was chockfull of ideas and inspiration for gardeners of all types. Here’s a recap through this gardener’s eyes. A garden by Aquascape Inc. featured the sound of rushing water. I… Continue reading Chicago Flower & Garden Show: A Breath of Spring

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Getting Ready for Seed Starting

It won’t be long before seed starting begins at my house. Besides the joy of watching seedlings emerge and grow into full-size plants, starting plants from seeds gives me the chance to fill my gardens with more plants. Let’s face it…if you want a LOT of flowers and vegetables, it can get very expensive purchasing… Continue reading Getting Ready for Seed Starting

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Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween

In honor of Halloween, let’s celebrate those plants costumed with hauntingly black (or nearly black) foliage. Just as black cats add mystery on Halloween night, black-foliaged plants add a sense of mystery to beds, borders and containers. There are many plants that we grow as annuals in Zone 5 gardens with foliage as dark as… Continue reading Celebrate Black Plants on Halloween