What In The World is Phi? And Why Do I Care?

I don’t travel in circles where we use words like Phi in a conversation. If you asked me a week ago what Phi was, the closest I could guess is:

Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he live, or be he dead I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.

And that . . . → Read More: What In The World is Phi? And Why Do I Care?

The Brilliance of Buckets for Mulching

What is it about guys and buckets? I think if I asked Mike if he wanted a steak or another bucket, he would pick the bucket. His eyes would light up and it would be an oh so easy decision. Actually, that would be because Mike doesn’t much like steak. But if he did, he . . . → Read More: The Brilliance of Buckets for Mulching

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Enjoy It Anyway

The birds are singing, they don’t care, An inch of snow is everywhere. They’ll sing their song till day is done, Whether or not the snow is gone. I’ll follow their lead, enjoy the sun, The bright blue sky, the glistening ground. He will fulfill the promise of spring, The beautiful flowers He will soon . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Enjoy It Anyway

A ‘Small’ Touch of Spring

Finally! My winter aconite is blooming. I took this picture on March 25th, which is pretty much a month behind schedule. It’s a small victory for the coming of spring. At this point, I’ll take ‘small’ as long as the word ‘spring’ is somehow associated. We’ve had warm winters where I’ve taken pictures of it . . . → Read More: A ‘Small’ Touch of Spring

Anticipation – Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Mike and I are different. No, not just the obvious differences. Take the cherries below for example.

Well, you can’t actually take them because we had them with our pancakes yesterday morning. Let’s use ‘take’ a little less literally. We bring home a 10 pound bucket of frozen cherries from Door County every autumn. . . . → Read More: Anticipation – Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Making More Dahlias

Mike is up to something. He disappears into the basement for hours at a time. He does that regularly this time of year. He becomes the mad scientist in his laboratory, planning to emerge victorious in May as his 52 pots of dahlias are transformed into 350 dahlia plants. Last year he probably grew 700 . . . → Read More: Making More Dahlias

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Fly Me Away

It’s a cold winter Chicago day and I’ve got zinnias, black-eyed Susans and lettuce. I do. I really do. Here they are, just tiny seeds for now, but that’s about the best I’ve got at home with this year’s ice and snow and cold.

I’m especially happy to have the zinnia seeds. In . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Fly Me Away

Healthy Fruit Tarts

I’m so tired of calorie filled treats! I’m not tired of the treats, I’m just tired of the calories. It was my turn to bring snacks to church and I went for healthier. This one was so good and so easy that I had to share it. The magic is in the Won Tons. I . . . → Read More: Healthy Fruit Tarts

The Georges’ Attract Birds All Winter Long

Food – Water – Shelter. Those 3 words should be enough for an article on attracting birds for the winter. Just 3 words: Food – Water – Shelter. There, I’m done. Well, not exactly.

Those 3 words (Food – Water – Shelter) were not new information for me, and those 3 words (Food – Water . . . → Read More: The Georges’ Attract Birds All Winter Long

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Color In My Winter Garden

I’ve got color in my yard. Yes, December in Chicagoland and I have color! Granted, none of it is provided by flowers, but I’m not going to let that little detail stop my yard from being colorful. Certainly the snow has been a bit of a detriment to color in the garden. Or has it? . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Color In My Winter Garden