Am I Crazy to Plant Japanese Anemones?

People have told me that I was crazy to plant Japanese Anemones (Anemone x hybrida), that I was opening my garden to an uncontrollable thug. But I did it anyway.

Perennial Winners and Losers in the Sidewalk Border

The Sidewalk Border was the second border that I added to the garden. We moved into our house in July, 2003. Next day I went to work on the Driveway Border. The following spring I started digging up turf along the sidewalk… Read More

Return to the Garden: Asters Save the Day

On Saturday we flew back to Chicago from Japan. It was a 12 hour flight, during which I did not sleep at all. Nevertheless, I was fairly alert on the drive home from the airport, focused mainly on what we would find… Read More

And Now, the Onion Patch

Remember that song, “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in the Onion Patch”? That Judy said everybody knew? Well, I asked people at my office and not a single one had heard of it, though they did think it was pretty catchy. Be… Read More

Should There Be Blue Chrysanthemums?

According to a recent article in the New York Times, Japanese scientists have developed a blue Chrysanthemum through splicing in genes from two blue-flowering plants. Research suggests that blue is the most popular color among people, but blue flowers are relatively rare. It… Read More

Taking The Long View: July 23, 2017

So I know I said I wouldn’t do the long views as a weekly thing, but I changed my mind – at least for now. So sue me. Here’s a view from the street in front of our house. The Clematis is… Read More

The Unknown Coneflower

OK, it’s not really unknown. But generally when people talk about Coneflowers, they’re talking about the genus Echinacea, or less frequently, Rudbeckia. Seldom are they referring to the Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata.

More Monardas, More Butterflies, and a Troll Bridge

‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma) is the first of our Monardas to bloom.

Raspberry Fields Forever

The most noticeable blooms in the front garden at this moment are those of ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). It’s really dominating the Sidewalk Border.

A Neighbor’s Garden

There’s a remarkable garden just a few blocks away from where we live. The owner, Pat, is a garden designer and works in the landscape business. She was nice enough to let me come by and take some pictures of the front.