February 22nd and we have our first bloom! A high temperature today of 20 and pa-lenty of leftover snow gracing our Chicagoland garden were no deterrents to this determined grape hyacinth.
Nestled in the comfort of our kitchen, recently moved from the garage in its cute little cup, it took about a week for . . . → Read More: Let The Blooms Begin
You’ve seen this mosaic at the top of my blog. It’s my trademark, my brand, and yes, my kitchen wall. It was also a 3 year project, often ignored for quite a while until inspiration struck.
Sometimes it wasn’t inspiration as much as persistence. Michelangelo, the artist who painted the Sistine Chapel, is . . . → Read More: Was Michelangelo Really Any More Creative Than You Are?
Could you – should you – would you – plant bulbs in December? After all, zone 5 tends to be a bit less than balmy in winter. The answer is a resounding YES, if Mother Nature agrees. This year, that meant that Mike and I were out planting tulips Saturday, December 27th. It was 45 . . . → Read More: Is December Too Late To Plant Bulbs?
Morton Arboretum’s Illuminations isn’t your typical Christmas light show. No ho ho ho Santa. No Candy Cane Lane. No lighted dancing elves, plastic snowmen, Snoopy decked out for the holiday, or toy soldiers.
No reason to go then? Not so! Illuminations is a sensory treat you don’t want to miss.
. . . → Read More: Morton Arboretum Illuminations – So Much More Than You Would Expect
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We had quite the garden party this year, with over a hundred notable guests. They were all from the same family, one with quite a bit of inbreeding I must admit. Did I mention they were all dahlias? 76 varieties were invited, with 113 plants in attendance.
It helped . . . → Read More: The Dahlia Family Garden Party
This is it! Almost the last batch of smilers from the Elk Grove Garden Club’s Scarecrow Factory! There will be one more posting just so you can see the something new that we added to this year’s event.
If you are wondering what other . . . → Read More: Pioneer Day Scarecrow Factory – OhWhata Photo Op, Part 3
I’ve got more pictures of smiles to show you. Like the pictures I posted yesterday, these are from the Scarecrow Factory at Elk Grove Village’s Pioneer Days. Smiles brought to you compliments of the Elk Grove Garden Club.
One more set of pictures to follow later this week.
. . . → Read More: Pioneer Day Scarecrow Factory – OhWhata Photo Op, Part 2
There were a lot of smiles at the Elk Grove Garden Club’s Scarecrow Factory last weekend. That’s because our scarecrows came with smiles, lots of smiles. Start counting with one smile per scarecrow, which makes our initial smile count 95. Add 1 smile per Garden Club member who helped that day and you’ve got . . . → Read More: Pioneer Day Scarecrow Factory – OhWhata Photo Op, Part 1
The Scarecrow Factory at Pioneer Days has become quite a tradition in Elk Grove Village. This family event is held every September. The Garden Club has sooooo much fun watching and helping everyone with their scarecrows. Creativity abounds! Here I present to you my absolute favorite scarecrow of the day.
If you are . . . → Read More: And My Favorite Scarecrow Of The Day Is…
Invasive only begins to describe goldenrod. An accurate description would need some adjectives; highly invasive, completely invasive, utterly invasive. Think of the kind of invasive that Attila the Hun was. That is the kind of invasive that Goldenrod is. Drive by a local forest preserve and you’ll know what I mean. Goldenrod will not share . . . → Read More: You Call It Goldenrod, I Call It ‘Gone’