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End-of-Season Panic Gardening

I am in end-of-season panic mode in my gardens. Shortening days and cooler temperatures signal time is running out before snow covers my landscape in a blanket of white. For those of you who haven’t followed my blog from the beginning, I am in the process of reclaiming my yard and my life after years… Continue reading End-of-Season Panic Gardening

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Take a walk through the fall garden with me.

Unlike the multitude of summer blooms, each and every flower in my October landscape is cherished. My standards for foliage ease, too. Some ragged or cold-nipped leaves don’t send me running for a pair of pruners. With winter nipping at my heels, I have a greater appreciation for the beauty, and more tolerance for imperfection,… Continue reading Take a walk through the fall garden with me.

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Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal

Some consider Heptacodium miconoides, commonly called seven-son flower, a large shrub; others debate its status as a small tree. Call it what you like, as long as I can call one mine. People who shop for all their plants in May miss out on some amazing plants whose charisma is not evident until summer or… Continue reading Seven-son Flower: a Tree with Four Season Appeal

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Master Gardener Idea Garden Open House on August 16

If you need ideas for your landscape, head out to the University of Illinois Extension Kane County Master Gardener Idea Garden during their Open House on Tuesday, August 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. The garden is located at the corner of Peck Road and Route 38 in St. Charles. I attended their Open House… Continue reading Master Gardener Idea Garden Open House on August 16

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Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

I recently enjoyed an entire day at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The temperature was in the 90’s and the sun was shining at full force. Areas of shade and gentle breezes were welcomed as I moved through the gardens. Take a walk with me. Flowers were abundant and filled the gardens with happy color. Vibrant… Continue reading Take a walk at the Chicago Botanic Garden.