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?

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

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Last Chance to Dance

This is a magnificently creative world we live in. A world not of our own creation, but certainly one where we have been gifted with the option of enjoying God’s creativity. I say ‘option’ because so many of us don’t slow down enough to appreciate it. I know I don’t. Maybe that is why I . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – Last Chance to Dance

My First Published Paid Article Ever! Woohoo

Yes, gardening in Chicagoland has arrived at the Cichorski house, even though 4-6” of snow was also arriving as I wrote this. • My first published paid article ever is in the March/April issue of Chicagoland Gardening Magazine. • I’ll be introducing the speakers at the Garden Show March 9 – 17. Ok, it’s . . . → Read More: My First Published Paid Article Ever! Woohoo

Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – The Not-So-Insignificant Snowflake

Mike’s snowman pancake is pretty impressive. Now that’s my idea of creativity. Creativity that you can copy for breakfast tomorrow.

Ah, but the creativity that it takes to make a real snowflake; that is creativity on a whole different level. That’s creativity God-style, with a twist. I can just picture him thinking up the . . . → Read More: Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – The Not-So-Insignificant Snowflake

God Shares His Creations

In memoriam Linda Ohm May 8 1950 October 18 2012

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – For Everything There Is A Season

A garden distinctly marks the passage of time. Kind of like life, with people growing and shining, and sadly over time, gone. We are experiencing this in both our garden walk and life walk in pronounced ways. Dahlias gone, mums shining, Linda failing, grandchildren shining.

In the category of ‘gone’, we have the dahlias. Mike’s . . . → Read More: Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – For Everything There Is A Season

Hy Is Still Chugging Along To Make That Flower

I’ve decided to give Hy as much time as he needs to create a hibiscabloom. Hy is my hibiscus, and I tried to talk him into blooming for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom day on the 15th. You may have read about it. Hy tried, and tried, and tried, but Garden Bloggers’ Bloom day came and went. . . . → Read More: Hy Is Still Chugging Along To Make That Flower

Christmas Gifts For The Gardener – The Best Gift Of All

I have received so many amazing gifts. For example, my family, which includes my son Kevin, who took these pictures.

The pictures are of other gifts I have received as a gardener, like this rose of sharon that God gave me.

And this crab apple tree that God gave me. And this millions bells . . . → Read More: Christmas Gifts For The Gardener – The Best Gift Of All

The End Is Near On Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

I hate to admit it, but next month at this time, my garden will be pretty much done for the year. So I’m not going to admit it. I’m going to be oblivious to reality and just enjoy that my garden still has beautiful flowers. Oh sure there are dahlias. With 100 plants that go . . . → Read More: The End Is Near On Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day