Garden fix

Let’s face it-for those of us that love gardening and cultivating indoor plants~~February can be a real challenge. After the holidays, as the days start getting longer one minute at a time one naturally starts mentally planning for spring.

Last weekend here in Chicago it was a real double feature-3 day weekend AND record breaking warm temperature! My daffodils and tulips are about 3 inches above ground right now.

Then temps dropped into the 30’s and I woke up to snow flurries yesterday. I usually visit a local conservatory each weekend with my grandson but I pulled out the big guns today and visited the Orchid show at the Botanic Garden.

I think this should get me through the next week or two

what a weekend

No doubt this has been a brutal winter!  Just hopping in the car was impossible without excessive planning


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images (1)….layers of shirts, sweaters, coats, hats, scarf..don’t forget gloves…boots…earmuffs….

This last weekend has been fantabulous~~windows open, just jump in the car or head out for a walk, in a t-shirt~~that’s it!!

A brief thunderstorm this afternoon but lots of gardening. everything just feels better, lighter.

We are anxiously checking the plants we planted last fall…before the deep freeze. It’s sort of a waiting game to see what survived but enough is coming up to give us hope.

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Project: spring/color/hope

Couldn’t quite decide what to call this but I definitely feel it is a project. I feel that after this loooong, cooooold winter I can now look at the calender, it says February 23rd and say spring, warm weather, flowers and fun is finally on the way. Last fall I planted bulbs in the garden of our new house and I had some leftovers that I put in this pot.Berwyn-20140223-00122I put the pot in a cold dark corner of the basement thinking I would put it out front early-ish for some color, but desperate winter times call for desperate measures. I must force spring to come to me…as soon as possible!


So, this pot doesn’t look like much but I assure you that it is full of tulip, daffodil, crocus, and iris bulbs. Yesterday I put it in a sunny window and starting watering it. A few bulbs are already poking through so I don’t think it will take much…other than sun and water to produce my own personal spring.

garden dreams

It’s been a few years since I have had my own garden…and a Chicago garden is a whole different type of garden than one in Birmingham England.
It is deep, freezing cold winter here in Chicago but by July and August it will be oven-roasting hot!
England always just sort of limps along-not too cold and not too hot~~
I have a small but wide open canvas here-we put in a 4×8 raised bed in the front and planted a rose bush, hydrangea, peonies, irises (i love irises!) and a bunch of bulbs-the question is- what will survive this weather?
We also have a 4×8 raised bed in the back for vegetables.
I just realized (with the help of Pinterest) that we really need to start make a plan for this little space!
What will we plant in this little space??? tomatoes, peppers, sweet and hot?…cucumbers? melons? maybe the herbs can go in pots? what about beets? leeks? and beans, peas and lettuce? oh, my….

DSCN0198Warning: lots of garden pictures over the next 8 months

Winter fun!

I have been teased for the last two winters I’ve been back in Chicago-they were very mild. now for the first time in over 10 years I am in the middle of a real Chicago winter. It’s been snowing and very cold on and off since before Christmas-so much for global warming….
Just thought some of my friends who are former Midwesterners and those who may be considering a move to the great Midwest would like to see some photos.





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There is easily a foot of snow on the ground and more coming down but I think it’s also important to remember what is good about rough weather…
It brings people together, all the people on my block will work together and by days end all the sidewalks will be shoveled…
It forces people to spend time together inside, in our little house we will be doing lots of cooking, football watching, yoga and crafts…being Sunday it puts a capitol R in Relaxation
The downside is that as it goes on and people have to get to work and get out for supplies or heaven forbid lose power…it can get annoying and/or dangerous.
So for today I will just enjoy it.
I already worked out on the treadmill in my little basement work out room, I started up Verde and gave him a little movement back and forth in the snow. I’ll be heading back to my stained glass table to continue sorting glass and then enjoy some nice warm hearty food later.
Tomorrow morning at 6 am will be a different story!!!