Tag Archives: Gardening

     Not much is blooming down here this time of year- just magnolia, bougainvillea, camellia, and petunia.      The first three need s-p-a-c-e (which I don’t have enough of in my itty-bitty courtyard garden), but I do do the ‘P’- sticky, sweet smelling, prolific, and low maintenance.      Have I mentioned it’s D-e-c-e-m-b-e-r?   […]

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     Roses are funny business.     We love them… but they scare us.     Not their thorns, but their finicky nature… or are they?     Finicky.     Consider this: roses have been on this planet longer then we have (there is fossil evidence over 35 million years old), garden cultivating began about 5,000 years […]

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     I have a mutual arrangement with my itty-bitty courtyard garden- I choose certain species of fruits and vegetables, give them a good home, nurture them to maturity, enjoy their product, and, if they’ve behaved like good children, remember a part of them to share with the next generation (I save their seeds).    […]

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     On a recent visit to Chicago, my girlfriend Sarah, insisted I visit a specific garden center- not a play, or museum, or restaurant- a Garden Center.       She really get’s me.  Named after the garden at the foot of theMount of Olivesin JerusalemGethsemane’s5739 N. Clark St,Chicago, Ill. Gorgeous seasonal displays-color coordinated!This one […]

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     I have a girlfriend that really wanted Passion Vine at the base of her fence. She loved the flowers and delicate scent. She heard the plant attracted butterflies- and don’t we all like butterflies?      It would wind it’s way through her wrought-iron trellis and gently drape over the top spires adding a […]

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