I love Mexican sunflowers. Botanically named Tithonia rotundifolia, they add pops of bright reddish-orange color in my perennial border. These Central American natives bloom nonstop once they get going in mid-summer, only surrendering when hit by frost. Mexican sunflowers are not fussy about their soil as long as it is well drained. They are, however,… Continue reading Growing Mexican Sunflowers from Seed
What does a gardener do when the temperature is nearing 30 degrees below zero? Does she stay indoors bundled in warm blankets while sitting in front of a fire? Nope, she heads to the iLandscape Show. I began the morning getting ‘plant drunk’ while listening to Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper… Continue reading iLandscape Show Warms Landscape Professionals
We are in the middle of one of the coldest weeks in many years in the Chicagoland suburbs. We physically survive by staying indoors when we can, wearing extra layers of warm clothing and stocking our cars with extra blankets when we do venture out. But how do we keep our spirits up when the… Continue reading 10 Ways to Help a Gardener Survive Winter
When I speak to groups about the benefits of composting, I begin by asking how many people are not already composting at home. Always amazed at the number of hands that are raised, I inquire why not. I am taking on the most common reasons folks give for not composting. After reading to the bottom… Continue reading 6 Excuses Not to Compost…All Rejected!
It won’t be long before we’ll be thrusting shovels, bulb planters and trowels in the soil, making space for bulbs – those seemingly lifeless objects that hold the miracle of spring-blooming flowers. Before filling your cart with tempting netted packages with colorful labels be sure you are making good choices, so your money is well… Continue reading Guide to Choosing Bulbs