Winter flowers

Happy New Year! I’m only a little late. If you’ve followed my (admittedly infrequent) blog posts, you’ll have figured out that I enjoy gardening and love flowers. That means it’s a pretty grim situation now and for the next few months as winter has settled in for the long stretch between the holidays and that Read More …

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 …