OhWhatAWednesday – Grasses Required For Winter Interest

I distinctly remember saying ‘Well, it’s your garden too, so buy it. I don’t have to like every plant we have.’ What was I thinking?!?!?!?! I was not so much thinking as being the voice of inexperience. I was the one looking at the scrawny pot of zebra grass, fully expecting it to turn into . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – Grasses Required For Winter Interest

OhWhatAWednesday – Contorted Filbert

I’d like to introduce you to Curly. Curly is a contorted filbert, also known as Harry Lauder’s Walking stick, also known as corkscrew hazel, also known as Corylus avellana. How appropriate to put this shrub in this weekly series on winter interest. Curly has been in our yard for about 10 years now, and is . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – Contorted Filbert

OhWhatAWednesday – Gimme Shelter

Could this be the only kind of bird in my Chicagoland garden this winter?

Throughout the year, our yard is usually a haven for birds. I know they need food, shelter, and water if they are going to grace my yard. What they seem to need this year, is…..

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OhWhatAWednesday – Coal Buckets

How can this be? Where did my beautiful snow go? It all melted just like the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz. Fortunately, my yard can look good in the winter without snow as well. This old coal bucket is testament to that. My garden clippers and I scavenged our yard in fall to . . . → Read More: OhWhatAWednesday – Coal Buckets