OhWhatAWednesday – American Bittersweet

Here’s a hardy vine for you. It is December 30th, and American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens) looks this good in our Chicagoland zone 5. It has probably taken 5 years for it to twine around the deck posts and have berries. Looks to me like it was worth the wait. Now that it has decided to . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – American Bittersweet

OhWhatAWednesday – Christmas Eve

It’s the morning of Christmas Eve. Unbelievably, everything is on schedule and in control. Now there’s a miracle for you. That will all change when John and Heather get here with Alexandria. For us, this Christmas is all about the baby. Our granddaughter is 18 months old. She is joy, excitement and energy wrapped up . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – Christmas Eve

OhWhatAWednesday – Birdbath heater for Christmas

Are you looking for one last really really good Christmas gift for the gardener in your life? Here it is – a birdbath heater. Ok, so maybe its one last really really good gift for the birds in your yard. Either way, the gardener, non-gardener, and the birds will enjoy this one for years to . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – Birdbath heater for Christmas

OhWhatAWednesday – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

Structure, structure, structure. Lacking, lacking, lacking.

I’ve learned a lot since this picture was taken in 2003. Even then, I knew enough to title it ‘Back 40 needs structure’. The ‘Back 40’ part of the name was easy. This yard is so big that we refer to that corner as the back 40. As . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – You’ve Come A Long Way Baby

Butterflies In November, Really!

I get to post this picture on a gardening website, in the Bird, Bugs, and flutterbies section no less. All because Allie is wearing a butterfly sweatshirt and jumping on the bed with the butterfly pillow. And because I wanted to! She really liked the pillow, so if you happen to have a 1 1/2 . . . → Read More: Butterflies In November, Really!

OhWhatAWednesday – Boston Ivy

I bet that picture got your attention for beautiful autumn color.

You are either thinking… ‘My gosh she has even more yard than I thought!’

or ‘Carol and Mike were on another road trip.’

It is…

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