Winter Interest – What Goes? What Stays?

Yes, it is December 2nd. Yes, I live in Chicagoland. Yes, those are my gardening tools outside. I kid you not. Its been another balmy December day where I just HAD to get outside. I don’t do all of my cleanup before winter sets in. I do typically leave a lot for spring. After all, . . . → Read More: Winter Interest – What Goes? What Stays?

Pumpkins So Easy You Don’t Need Directions

Simple. That’s what Ginny is aiming for. And the pumpkins we created while camping in Door County are just that. Well, just that and more, with the more part being that they are awfully cute. To Ginny, simple was one big pumpkin transformed to cute in no time at all. To me, it was pumpkins . . . → Read More: Pumpkins So Easy You Don’t Need Directions

The War With Invasive Plants Continues

I fought a battle against springtime invasive plants. Now another war has been waged against those that raise their battle flag in summer. This time its ditch daylilies and garlic chives. They have got to go. Here you see my ditch daylilies right where they belong…in the garbage can.

Ditch daylilies with tri-color beech . . . → Read More: The War With Invasive Plants Continues

The Invasives Have to Go

Yes, there has been a change over the years in my gardening philosophy. Beautiful isn’t enough. Well-behaved is required. My phlox have failed miserably in the well-behaved category. They have been expanding and had now gone well beyond acceptable. Note I said ‘were’ as I have literally spent days extracting them from my large garden. . . . → Read More: The Invasives Have to Go

‘Favorite Things’ Presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Join me at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show for ‘These are a Few of Our Favorite Things’. I’ll be presenting on Friday, March 24th, at 11 AM.

Managing the seminars on-site at past shows has given me a unique opportunity to attend MANY seminars. It is just one of the ways I have . . . → Read More: ‘Favorite Things’ Presentation at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show

Come See Our Dahlias on September 10th

Its beginning to look a lot like dahlias! We’ve inviting YOU to come see them on Saturday, September 10th, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Mike and I are at 331 Forest View in Elk Grove Village, IL.

If you happen to have clothes that would work well for scarecrows, we’ll be collecting them for . . . → Read More: Come See Our Dahlias on September 10th

So You Want To Be A Flower Farmer

Have you got what it takes to be a serious flower farmer? Not a gardener, but an actual ‘I do this for a living’ kind of person. Liz Cardella does. Liz is pretty much a one-woman business when it comes to Collie Flower Farm in Woodstock, IL.

What has Liz got that perhaps you don’t? . . . → Read More: So You Want To Be A Flower Farmer

In the ‘Oops’ Category

It seemed like such a simple task. A rainy day. A little painting in the basement before work. Just a few signs and a small fence. The operative word here is ‘seemed’, because I have once again proved that everyone needs an editor. Now keep in mind that I do Instructional Design for a living, . . . → Read More: In the ‘Oops’ Category

The Hummingbirds Are Coming!

I put out my hummingbird feeder today. It is early, but I suffer from intense positivity. I also suffer from internet exposure. Fortunately, the internet resource is a reliable one. You too can go to Journey North to see that the first hummingbird in our Chicagoland area was reported on April 16th.

Journey North noted . . . → Read More: The Hummingbirds Are Coming!

Chicago Flower and Garden Show Discount Tickets

There. I have your attention. We all like saving money and $4.00 off the admission price for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is attention worthy.

After all, the fragrance of 1000 hyacinths will be intoxicating. It has been an easy Chicago winter, but winter non-the-less. I am so ready for the show at . . . → Read More: Chicago Flower and Garden Show Discount Tickets