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Color abounds in Arid Greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden

If winter has you craving for color and begging for blooms, head to the Arid Greenhouse at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It will soothe your soul and appease your appetite for flowers. Aloe plants own the room right now. They are shamelessly flaunting their flowers, and the rest of the plants are doing their best… Continue reading Color abounds in Arid Greenhouse at Chicago Botanic Garden

Annuals · Container Gardening · Garden DIY · Houseplants

Birch Log Planter with Succulents

Succulents are all the rage, and I love the look of birch. I knew it would be fun to do this birch log planter filled with succulents as a wintertime project. With the birch log held firmly in place, a four-inch diameter birch pole was cut a little more than four feet long using a… Continue reading Birch Log Planter with Succulents

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Enjoy the exotic flowers of Agapanthus this summer.

I couldn’t go a summer without a pot of Agapanthus growing on my deck. Large glamorous umbels of periwinkle blue flowers color summer days. Strappy, grass-like foliage remains attractive after flowers have finished their show. Agapanthus may be commonly called lily of the Nile, but they are not native to land beside the Nile River… Continue reading Enjoy the exotic flowers of Agapanthus this summer.

Garden Musings · Houseplants

Take a walk at the Orchid Show.

Don’t let Old Man Winter ruin your mood today. Let me lift your spirits with a walk through the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Ten thousands orchids are arranged in this year’s theme A Study of Contrasts. On display are the tiniest of the tiny and huge specimens; orchids that reside in treetops and… Continue reading Take a walk at the Orchid Show.