March has been such a tease. February was so mild I began to suspect that Chicago had been magically transported to a more southern latitude, but then March brought us back to reality with a snowstorm. Then the snow melted. However, every… Read More
Or a bad gardener, but often the two feel like the same thing. They both involve taking responsibility for the well-being of helpless living organisms.
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.
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
A great deal can happen in the garden between the first of May and the middle of the month. Much depends on the vagaries of the weather, and we’ve had a surplus of vagaries this year. In this two week time span,… Read More
Book Review: The Perennial Matchmaker, by Nancy J. Ondra Gardening is about bringing plants together into satisfying partnerships. If you were to peek into the mind of the typical gardener, as he or she stares off into the middle distance, you would… Read More
In our garden, Tulip season is at its peak.
Yes, this year’s tulip season is now well underway. Let’s see which tulips are livening up the garden now, shall we?
Our original plan last Saturday was to drive with our friend Carol from her house in Maryland to Longwood Gardens. But then I remembered that this required a four hour round trip. As much as I wanted to see Longwood, having just… Read More
April had a rather wild mood swing during this past weekend. We transitioned abruptly from cold and surly to sunny warmth. Plants went from shivering in their foliage to galloping forward to catch up with the growing season.