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Flower Gallery: Clematis

When the clematis begin blooming here it means that spring is slipping away and summer is on the doorstep. Most everyone is familiar with the large flowered clematis, like the nearly ubiquitous rich purple “jackmanii” (which should be in everyone’s garden because it’s amazing). These […]

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Garden Whimsey

These charming little flowers are called Pineapple Lilies and they add just the right amount of whimsey and fun to the late summer garden. They really do look a bit like a pineapples don’t they? Of course, they’re not really lilies (although distantly related) and, […]

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That Was June

That Was June

Well, I haven’t done as well with my blog posting schedule as I had hoped, but live in hope. Here’s a quick look back at some of what was going on around here. The new tree in the back corner of the perennial bed is […]

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Thoughts Whilst Weeding the Perennial Garden

Thoughts Whilst Weeding the Perennial Garden

Weeds! Why are there so many weeds! That’s the wren singing – such a happy, beautiful song. Crispy shrimp tacos – mmmmm. Seriously. Where did all these weeds come from? Ack! Slippery! Don’t fall! Oh, delphiniums, you are so beautiful. Let’s get you propped up […]

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Flower Gallery: Peonies

Flower Gallery: Peonies

It’s been a great year for the peonies – they’ve been blooming beautifully for nearly a month. They’re just about done now though, so it’s time to bid them a fond farewell until next year.

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Mad City Weekend

Mad City Weekend

I’m just back from my annual spring trip to Madison, Wisconsin to visit my friend Carol. It was a great weekend with lots of catching up, great eating and plant shopping (yeah, we pretty much live on the edge!). See for yourself.  

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May Rain

May Rain

  I’ve taken a brief break from my Chicago travelogue to work in the garden for a few days. After a very dry April we are getting some good rain showers this week and there were a few things I wanted to get done before they […]

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Flower Gallery: Daffodils

Flower Gallery: Daffodils

Daffodil season is at it’s height right now, an all-too-brief period of happiness in flower form. It’s awful hard not to smile when the daffodils are blooming again after a long, cold, grey winter. Most of these daffodils are from the perennial beds; those in […]

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Spring Cleanup

Spring Cleanup

There’s a saying among gardeners – you can either have a clean house, or a great garden. Guess which side I fall on?! This may not the most glamourous spring picture, but it’s reality. It shows the results of a day spent in the garden, […]

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

It’s still a bit chilly (it is still March after all), but the snow is gone and the birds are singing and there are definite signs of life again in the garden. This might not look like much at the moment, but in about two […]

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