floral rebels

When I say the word "flowers" what comes to mind? Perhaps big bright yellow sunflowers, romantic pink roses, delicate sweet peas or country daisies but probably not your common roadside "weeds" right? The week's arrangement features two plants often referred to as "weeds." Queen Anne's Lace and Teasel. Both of…

my kind of fireworks

This week's inaugural bouquet was inspired by the season of fireworks as well as a tribute to my mother, whom died on the third of July ten years ago. She was a dedicated and knowledgeable gardener. I learned so much from her about growing plants, landscape design and the fundamentals…

wedding guest/blossom tourist

wisconsin wedding flowers We just returned from two long weekend weddings out of town. The first was in Wisconsin for a friend's wedding and the second in beautiful Boulder, Colorado for JP's sister's wedding. The rolling hills and red barns of Wisconsin are quintessential midwest. Purple thistle adorned the roads…

summer solstice

Officially summer has arrived. It is evident by the added color and vibrant pulse of the garden. There are bees humming through the air and caterpillars munching on green, sticky, sweet sweat at the slightest labor, weeds galore and yes, finally, FLOWERS IN BLOOM! [gallery]

rain puddles and white picketed fences

A few weeks ago the garden was particularly soggy. The field was too wet for most hands on gardening. However, I still managed to stay busy with gardening projects. I found the Lion's Tail seeds I harvested from last year's plants and started them inside. (Late is better than never.)…

the great outdoors

Ahhh...just when the frost-free date officially arrives (May 12th), perennials are delivered via postal service and the seedlings are beginning to outgrow their wombs a cold snap hits! Though it feels cold to us humans who had so quickly adapted to the unseasonably warm weather of last week, the cooler…

some things do last forever (almost)

Perennials are the closest thing to permanent in a garden. They are heartier plants, that live through winter and flourish year after year. Once well-established they flourish with little maintenance. Annuals grow for only one year. I plant them, they live through the growing season and die. Next year, if…

a tradition of hope

Starting seeds is always one of my favorite springtime activities. Each seed contains so much potential. The activity of organizing all of these little containers, clearing space near sunny windows, and filling each cup with peat moss and potting soil is deeply gratifying. For the first time in several long…

springtime at last

Last Saturday (on the eve of spring equinox) I planted the first of our 2011 flower seeds outdoors. They are cold hardy varieties. Even though our central Illinois frost-free date isn't until May 12th these flowers should be able to survive below freezing temperatures. Bachelor's Button Black Boy and Love-In-A-Mist…
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