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

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

Patrice Does Winter Interest Right

Patrices winter planter with birch and bird

I’ve made winter containers before, and they were nice. However, they were not even in the same league as Patrice’s. Patrice has the creativity gene. I think she also got the creativity genes that were supposed to be allocated to many others. Take the container to the right as a fine example. Well, don’t . . . → Read More: Patrice Does Winter Interest Right

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Finding Winter Color

Winter blooms – not around here.

Winter color – that we have.

I was a bit surprised to find so much color in my yard, as I didn’t really notice the range until I looked at the pictures. Could it be that you too have more color in your garden than you realize? . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Finding Winter Color

Winter Interest – The Sled

Here’s an easy idea for your yard in winter – display the sled. In our case, that meant Mike had to climb up into the deep dark recesses of the far corner of that attic, drag it down, and carry it to the yard. That’s ok. He had a few Christmas cookies to wear off, . . . → Read More: Winter Interest – The Sled

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile On The Cheap, Or Not

Magnificent-Mile-Chicago, from USATravelWithUs.com

Max and Snookems have been gallivanting. They’ve been taking it easy since their appearance at the Chicagoland Flower and Garden Show last spring. It was time to get out for a Christmas shopping trip on Michigan Avenue. Neither of them drive. Of course not, they’re mannequins. So they reserved a Hummer . . . → Read More: Chicago’s Magnificent Mile On The Cheap, Or Not

How To Add Christmas Garland To A Garden Gate, Berthold’s Open House

It’s all Chris Wagner’s fault. I went to Berthold’s Garden Center yesterday for a free demonstration of winter outdoor arrangements. I came home inspired. Till now, I’d been happy to enjoy every minute of autumn. I’d put off thinking about Christmas and the requisite decorating. You might argue that Christmas decorating is not requisite. I . . . → Read More: How To Add Christmas Garland To A Garden Gate, Berthold’s Open House

You Can’t Trust Chicago Weather

It is spring, but you can’t tell by looking at Chicago weather. You can barely see the neighbor’s house. What did we do to deserve all of this snow on the Cub’s opening day?

Did I mention today is April 1st? Do you think that just perhaps it is your local blogger that you . . . → Read More: You Can’t Trust Chicago Weather

OhWhatAWednesday – Winter Interest Or Sandals?

Winter interest or sandals? That is the question. I am sitting on my back porch (oh I can’t tell you that because a winter interest article would have to be written in the warmth of my home). The question is still ‘Winter interest or sandals?’ I’d really rather not talk about winter interest. I’d rather . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – Winter Interest Or Sandals?