The Snow Swan and the Star of Persia

This is going to be a short post. I just want to tell you about my favorite Peony as well as a new Allium in our garden.

‘Purple Sensation’

‘Purple Sensation’ (Allium aflatunense) is the earliest of our ornamental Alliums to bloom. This year, they burst into flower just over the past week.

Random Views From the Garden

Here are just a bunch of random pictures from last weekend.

A Lurie Garden Bulb Walk

Yesterday we were lucky enough to go on a tour of Lurie Garden’s spring bulb display with Jacqueline van der Kloet, who designed Lurie’s original bulb plantings in 2006. She’s in Chicago now to update those plantings, and will return in October… Read More

Before the Storm

So we got back from Tennessee on Friday afternoon, and the garden welcomed us back with a fabulous show. However, the weather gods were preparing a more malicious welcome, namely the 3-5″ of snow predicted for the following day.

More Early Bulbs

Spring continues to make slow, if unsteady, progress (we got 3 inches of snow on Sunday, but it was gone by the following day). We have mostly shifted from the first to the second wave of flowering spring bulbs.

Marching One By One

Spring’s progress this last week reminds me of that song The Ants Go Marching. Like a lot of people, I want spring to burst forth with great masses of colorful flowers. But so far, the flowers have been marching in one by… Read More

Slow Spring Movement

You’ve heard of the slow food movement, right? We seem to be living through a slow spring movement. Don’t be anxious for all those spring flowers, the weather is telling us. Be in the moment – savor the season day by day…. Read More

First Snowdrops and Pending Nuptials

It’s been a whole week since I’ve written a post. I have good excuses, though. First off, work has been much busier than normal. Second, and much more exciting, our oldest son’s wedding is this coming Saturday. (!!!) We have only limited… Read More

A Tulip is a Terrible Thing to Waste

So I brought my Tulip pots from the garage today. Everything is frozen solid, true, but still: it’s March. I don’t mind telling you, though, I’m worried about this year’s Tulips.