Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden

Winter Aconites proclaim spring is on its way!

You have to love a sunny yellow flower that pops up from the ground, often snow-covered, just when you think you can’t take another drab winter day. Winter aconites are some of the earliest spring bloomers in Chicagoland, reassuring us that spring is on its way. Eranthis hyemalis, as winter aconites are botanically named, are… Continue reading Winter Aconites proclaim spring is on its way!

Annuals · Garden DIY · Herbs · Perennials · Vegetable Gardening

Getting Ready for Seed Starting

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

Annuals · Bulbs · Butterflies & Bees in the Garden · Garden Musings · Perennials · Shrubs · Vegetable Gardening

Spring can’t get here fast enough!

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!

Shrubs · Trees

Arborvitaes: Workhorses in the Landscape

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