Flowers

Autumn is here, and the recent hellish heat wave has given way to cooler weather. According to the U of I frost tracker, the first freeze of the season is only a few weeks away, which will mean bye-bye flowers. It was a good year for blooming around here, with new plants and old offering Read More …

Bonsai Progress cont’d

Last month, I attended a Tropical Bonsai Workshop at Chicago Botanic Garden. A month had passed since the Beginning Fundamentals class ended, and my job since then had been to keep the ficus outdoors and make sure it was well-watered and fertilized. Over the weeks, I trimmed the larger leaves to encourage back-budding (the growth Read More …

Bonsai Progress

We’re getting a short break from a heat wave here in NE Illinois. Temps have been in┬áthe high 80s/low 90s, with gusty winds and threat of thunderstorms. Today, low 70s–at least close to the lake–and while the sun is warm, it’s cool in the shade. A good day for healing┬ábonsai. If you don’t know what Read More …