On Gardening

Planning your garden

Date: 
12/15/2017
JapanesePond

To paraphrase Alexander Chalmers "The three grand essentials of happiness are: Something to do, something to love, and something to hope for” and for me my garden hits all three marks. 

Related:

Plant your way into summer and support the Wicker Park Plant Sale

Date: 
05/11/2017
WPPlants

It may be difficult to tell from the cool weather that spring has arrived, but our perennial plants know it. Leaves are breaking out and flowers sprouting for weeks now.

Related:

Gardening on your mind?: Time to plan with the Wicker Park Garden Club

Date: 
01/02/2017
ThinkingGardening

With the holidays over, are you noticing gardening thoughts creeping into your consciousness?

Related:

Garden musings: tomato tips and will the real tomato please stand up?

Date: 
07/09/2014
Real

If you have been to a farmers’ market recently and purchased some tomatoes, you know what a real tomato tastes like. With their greenhouses, hoop houses and other tricks local farmers have been harvesting tomatoes for weeks now.

Related:

Farmer's Markets: Consider the Morel and a Blueberry or two (recipe included)

Date: 
04/30/2014
 Speisemorche

With all do respect to those like my fellow garden blogger, the English Gardener, I prefer to leave the growing of vegetables to the experts. Aside from a rosemary or a few basil plants I prefer to focus my gardening time on ornamentals. And yet nothing temps me more than a tomato picked at the peak of ripeness or a potato so fresh that it juices when you slice it. And this is why I've been frequenting local farmer's markets since I first encountered them in the early 90's.

Related:

Boy’s Day in the Garden

Date: 
05/02/2013
BoysBanner

The Japanese have been celebrating Boy's Day on the movable lunar calendar - the 5th day of the 5th moon - since the early 7th century. But, with their switch to the Gregorian calendar in the late 1800s, Boy’s Day was permanently attached to May 5th. 

Related:

Return your tree to nature -- do NOT put it in the garbage

Date: 
01/07/2012
Tree2

Between now and January 20th you can recycle your holiday tree by dropping it off at any of twenty-three Chicago parks.

Related:

Recycle your holiday tree

Date: 
01/04/2011
Tree2

Between now and January 17th you can recycle your holiday tree by dropping it off at any of twenty-three Chicago parks.

Related:

Urban Forest: Trees and bikes

Date: 
07/27/2010
BikeAtTree

We live in an urban forest and traversing a tree-lined street with its leafy canopy can be quite calming. But if one of those trees is dead, its bare branches bleached white as bone, it can be quite jarring.

Related:

Three Friends of Winter: Plums

Date: 
06/02/2010
P.TokawButterfly

For many years I worked for an institution with a home office in Washington D.C. and consequently made frequent trips to the capital for the usual work related reasons, sometimes for weeks on end. In those dozens of visits only once, on my last visit, did I fortuitously arrive at the height of the city's Cherry Blossom festival.

Related:

Three Friends of Winter: Pines

Date: 
04/06/2010
Pine

In Japan a term often used for the ranking of 3 items is matsu take ume. The Japanese may speak this using the Chinese pronunciation sho chiku bai. It doesn't matter what you're grouping or by what means: oldest to youngest for three daughters; highest to lowest for Kendo swordsmanship; largest to smallest for bento lunch boxes.

Related:

Three Friends of Winter: Bamboo

Date: 
03/11/2010
Bamboo1

 

Bamboo has a bad rap. Listening to some people you'd think bamboo the most feared plant species in North America: an invader that, unlike kudzu, has no respect for the frost line, the plant world's equivalent of Asian carp. But fear not. In many ways bamboo is just a paper dragon.

Related:

Add interest to your winter garden: Three Friends of Winter

Date: 
02/12/2010
S1P5

Wouldn’t it be heart lifting during these winter months to gaze out your window, into your garden and see a little green? Maybe a focal point or two? Or a precursor of spring? 

There are any number of ways to add interest to your garden in winter and I present here one of my favorites: suihan sanyou or literally “three friends in winter”. And those friends are bamboo, pine and plum. "

Related:

Old Xmas Tree!

Date: 
01/15/2010
Tree1

You’re spent. More then likely, you’ve overspent. But at last the holidays are over. And now’s the time to clean up the mess.

Related:

The Poinsettia is also a flower

Date: 
12/21/2009
IcePunchPoinsettia300

Iconic images can become ubiquitous and with omnipresence comes monotony. The end of the year, when the holidays pile up like a multi-car crash on the Kennedy, is fraught with many such images, images which inhabit our imagination all too completely: bronzed turkeys, Father Time, Xmas trees, crèches, dreidels and...poinsettias.

Related: