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Giving Thanks for the Garden

I love Thanksgiving. I love its slower pace and less stressful nature. I love its focus on family and friends instead of presents. I love the way it give us pause to consider all for which we are thankful. I am most thankful for my family and friends, of course, but my garden is close… Continue reading Giving Thanks for the Garden

Container Gardening · Garden Musings · Garden Planning · Garden Recycling · Perennials · Pests in the Garden · Shrubs · Water Gardening

Ready…Not Ready…Ready for Winter – A Poem

It’s okay that the winter will soon come this way. The leaves of the hostas have all been cut back, Removing slugs’ blankets and revealing their eggs, So frogs and toads in the garden can enjoy a fall snack. It’s okay that the winter will soon come this way. Soil’s been mounded over the bases… Continue reading Ready…Not Ready…Ready for Winter – A Poem

Garden Maintenance · Perennials · Shrubs · Trees

Overwintering Plants in the Garden

Well, it has happened again. Some plants will not get planted in their permanent homes in the landscape before winter has put an end to the gardening season. I will explain, step by step, how I overwinter these plants in the garden. (My success rate is pretty darn good.) But first, let me introduce you… Continue reading Overwintering Plants in the Garden

Garden Maintenance · Perennials · Shrubs · Trees

Water those Plants!

Thankfully, it looks like today may be the last day of unseasonably hot temperatures for us here in Chicagoland. Although fall officially began last Friday, the thermometer told a different story. And while heat we’ve had plenty, rainfall is another matter. The landscape is dry, dry, dry! If you haven’t already, get those hoses out… Continue reading Water those Plants!

Container Gardening · Shrubs

Hydrangeas: A Plant Obsession

Hydrangeas are my current plant obsession. Hybridizers tempt me over and over again with each new variety introduced. I guess it all started when Bailey Nurseries introduced Endless Summer and although this one was quickly replaced with Bloomstruck in my garden, it got me hooked on a hydrangea high that can only be satisfied with… Continue reading Hydrangeas: A Plant Obsession