As long as the soil is dry enough to walk on, it’s time to start cleaning up perennial borders. As anxious as we are to get back in the garden, however, never walk on moist soil in the garden. It will cause soil compaction that may take years of amending with compost to correct. If… Continue reading Time to Cut Back Perennials
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
I don’t know about you, but I am sick of winter. I’ve studied seed catalogs and ordered seeds. I’ve edited my plant wish lists. I’ve grown amaryllis, cared for poinsettias and Christmas cactus, started forcing bulbs, and it won’t be long before seed starting begins. But I need spring! I need to be outside. I… Continue reading Spring can’t get here fast enough!
A walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden is always joyful. My latest stroll inspired a poem. If poetry is not ‘your thing’, I hope you’ll enjoy the photos. The garden is beautiful in winter! A Garden’s Beauty in Winter It’s easy for a garden To impress and look awesome When, in summer, it’s full Of… Continue reading Winter at Chicago Botanic Garden – A Poem
If gardeners can’t plunge their green thumbs into the soil in winter, we keep them happy by thinking about it. We plan; we sketch; we picture plant combinations in our dreams. Our plant wish lists fill up with the names of perennials we can’t wait to try. Here is a sampling of some of the… Continue reading New Perennials in 2018