First Snowdrops!

I’m interrupting the posts about Japan to report some breaking news from our garden: our first Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) are blooming!

Buttoning Up the Garden

This past weekend it finally started to feel like November, with a sort of raw gray cold settling in. I realized that the available time for winter preparations was slipping away.

Planting Our Container Tulips, 2016

It’s a good thing I got the 200 daffodil bulbs from Colorblends planted pretty fast, because hard on their heels (do bulbs have heels?) came the tulip bulbs from John Scheepers.

The Distracted Gardener Strikes Again

When I’m gardening, I like to think about the garden. Or better yet, think about nothing at all, just soak in the ambiance. This doesn’t always happen, though. Sometimes when I am gardening I’m absorbed with thoughts of other stuff, especially work… Read More

A Host of Daffodil (Bulbs) Arrive

A few days ago I received 2oo daffodil bulbs from Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs. This is a joyful occurrence in itself, but what made it especially delightful was that the bulbs were free. This was thanks to the generosity of Colorblends and the… Read More

My 2016 Tulip Order!

Yes, once again it is time to order the tulips. This year’s order is a mix of old favorites and promising newcomers. First, for the old favorites: ‘Annie Schilder’ – A mid-season orange tulip, about 18″ tall. Annie is a Triumph tulip,… Read More

You Must Remember This …

Judy and I both found ourselves humming “As Time Goes By” a great deal during this past weekend. The tune just popped into both our heads almost simultaneously.

Blooms of Mid-July, Part 1

By the middle of July it feels like we have reached the gateway to high summer in Chicago. Let’s see what’s blooming in the garden, starting with the main part of the front garden: the Driveway Border, Sidewalk Border, and the Island… Read More

Sad Lily, Happy Lily, and a Fountain Restored

So today we have a bit of garden miscellany.

Spring Onions

There are three patches of spring-blooming ornamental onions, or Alliums, in our garden.