When the weekend weather forecast predicts partly sunny skies with high temps between 40 and 50° it is going to be a great weekend to get outside and get some early spring gardening chores checked off the list. If the soil is too moist to get in the garden to cut back perennials, we can… Continue reading Early Spring Garden Chores to do this Weekend
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!
Some plants are not shown the appreciation they deserve. They don’t demand it with flashy flowers or foliage so instead, they are relegated to the backgrounds of our landscapes – workhorses working (or growing). Arborvitaes are a prime example. Some are planted as hedges; others provide privacy. Some create wind blocks; others play a part… Continue reading Arborvitaes: Workhorses in the Landscape
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
Most of my gardening friends are just as obsessed with plants as I am. Sure, we love the plants we already grow in our gardens, but every new season brings on a new case of plant fever. Here are some of the new shrubs that may ease my pain in 2018. I am not normally… Continue reading 13 New Shrubs in 2018