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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!

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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!

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2017 Garden Reflections

The final days of a calendar year invite reflection. As I was beginning to make plans and set goals for my landscape in 2018, I spent some time reviewing the past season by organizing plant labels and garden center receipts, reading entries in my garden journal, and looking through all of the photographs taken of… Continue reading 2017 Garden Reflections

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Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators

Pollinators and the flowers that attract them live together in a mutually beneficial relationship. Flowers attract pollinators to ensure pollination; pollinators seek out flowers for lunch. After a long winter, the first spring flowers emerge from the soil offering sustenance to early risers. To establish a resident pollinator population in the landscape, provide the earliest… Continue reading Plant Early Spring Bloomers for Pollinators