Too Cold To Garden? Color!

“Those who can, garden. Those who can’t, color.”

Perhaps that is not exactly how the quote was originally written, but it is still true. So though it’s a bit chilly (OK, frigid) in Chicagoland, I can still add color to my not-so-real garden. Coloring books for adults are a big thing right . . . → Read More: Too Cold To Garden? Color!

Is Autumn Really Gone???

How quickly things change. My little friend is not ready for this weather.

The Colors of Autumn

I’ve been going through my recent photos, and I was struck by the vibrant colors that autumn brings. The explosion of color vibrated through each photo, from the last of the dahlias, to each supposedly last bike ride I’ve taken for the year, to the last of the leaves now flittering down. This autumn, color . . . → Read More: The Colors of Autumn

Bella! Our Dahlias are Bella!

Bella! That was Paula’s exuberant description of our dahlias. Paula is visiting from Italy. Fortunately, she is visiting a neighbor, not us, as we don’t speak Italian. But I knew it was good when she opened her arms wide in our dahlia garden and said ‘Bella’. Again and again ‘Bella’. And I knew it . . . → Read More: Bella! Our Dahlias are Bella!

Autumn Greetings From Me and My New Friends

This is the time of year I always make new friends. Our garden club helped folks make 65 new friends last week, and I personally made 2. Here they are, happily greeting passers-by on this (dare I say it) first day of autumn.

Kinda scary isn’t it? Autumn – already. And just when I almost . . . → Read More: Autumn Greetings From Me and My New Friends

Achieving Centerpiece – Wedding Flowers From The Garden

I have a new-found respect for floral designers. A well-earned one I might add. Just over a year ago, I was honored to say yes to Heather’s request to do the flowers for her wedding. The catch is, Heather was marrying my son, Kevin. That makes me the mother of the groom. It was very . . . → Read More: Achieving Centerpiece – Wedding Flowers From The Garden

Clay Pot People Are Too Cute

Meet Gloria and Gracie, the Giving Garden Girls. Sue and I made them yesterday for Willow Creek Church’s veggie garden. Instructions to follow later this week.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Painting Renee Style

It’s not that there isn’t color in my yard already. It’s just that most of it is green right now. Don’t get me wrong. After a long Chicago winter, green is good.

For example, these sedum are green, and that’s good. I sure wouldn’t want them to be brown at this point.

And this daffodil. . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Painting Renee Style

13 Tips Inspired by the Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Did you miss the Chicago Flower & Garden Show? You did? I’m sorry. I can help you with your loss by providing some of my favorite take-aways from the show. I can’t recreate the fragrance of hyacinths or beauty of a rose garden, but there is always more to learn about gardening. Let’s go there.

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Chicago Flower & Garden Show (Almost) In Bloom

If you’ve been a bit doubtful about those TV shows that do garden makeovers in a few days , know that it can be done. Yes, an Irish inspired garden with customized softscapes, hardscapes and water features. Yes, a Monarch Sanctuary. Yes, a Garden of Weeping Wonder with spruce, fir, beech, pine, ginkgo and Alaskan . . . → Read More: Chicago Flower & Garden Show (Almost) In Bloom