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
Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators
Thanks to a spring storm that brought 50+ mph winds through my landscape, I was outside a couple days ago picking up hundreds of sticks. In between endless gardener toe touches – see stick, bend over, pick up stick, stand up, repeat – I snapped a few photos of the flowers and new growth happening… Continue reading My Early Spring Garden
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!
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