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Planting for Fall Color

It is an unlovely fall day today, but the leaves are gorgeous. I often think about planting for spring color, but fortunately the previous owners thought about fall. With two autumn blaze maples and the beautiful yellow birch leaves…it’s so … Continue reading

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It feels like home to me.

The humble colchicum. So humble, I had to add it to the dictionary when I typed that. To me, once the colchicums are planted, I’m officially home. Fall-blooming, and not to be confused with the autumn crocus, they are the … Continue reading

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Victory is sweet

V is for Victory has finally bloomed, and I’m smitten. A lovely creamy white. Some things are worth the wait. Of course, the fragrance is intoxicating. Damn fussy thing, just like its namesake.

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Chicago Botanic, again.

After an impressive 189th place in the Chicago half-marathon (him) HHB and I went to Chicago Botanic last weekend. As you can see from the picture above, gardens are where I am happiest in the whole world. I’m so lucky … Continue reading

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V is for Victory

Stubborn V…finally budding. As SC said, just waiting for it to get warm, “it probably hates the cold as much as I do.” 90° and a rabbit-proof cage, and here is Victory. I hope it still smells as sweet as … Continue reading

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Dumber than…

So we’ve begun the rock removal process. There is no easy way to say it: it sucks and it takes for fricking ever. About an hour per four feet. I’m loading the moving boxes with rocks (very convenient), and handsome … Continue reading

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A (VERY) Bright Surprise

As I’ve spent the last four days moving into my new house, I’m spending so much time unpacking boxes that I’ve hardly gotten into the garden at all…except for seeing this amazing bright spot in the garden! A lovely surprise, … Continue reading

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Rock Mulch

Rock mulch sucks. I see why people use it: it doesn’t break down, it’s permanent, etc.  I don’t care, I hate it. As there is no such thing as a permanent planting, it should never be encased by plastic and … Continue reading

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Caution: Buried Wires

Just when you feel cocky because you remembered to call diggers hotline… “Malibu”lights from the pre-solar days, plastic weed blocker, and rock mulch= a barberry (or seven) that didn’t come out this weekend. On the upside, the hedge is looking … Continue reading

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Weed trees

Folks, if a tree starts growing in your garden bed, and you didn’t plant it, it is a weed. Dig it out. (see the horrible box elder (thanks c.r.), above.) Although, I could keep it and make the bed into … Continue reading

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