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…

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…