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Amaryllis as a Year Round Houseplant

Red Amaryllis flower with Green Eye

Used to be you’d only see amaryllis as a seasonal holiday plant. I have shown you how to grow the flowers in the off season and even in your summer garden, but I had to show you this gorgeous blooming amaryllis ‘Minerva’ from Longfield Gardens that is blooming right now at my house. I have never […]

How To Build A Wasp Nest Mobile

Wasp Nest Mobile Feature Image

Austin, Texas is one of my favorite places to visit. My friend and fellow creative gardener, Austin Neal (photo below), lives in Austin. Yes. Austin from Austin. Dontcha just love that craziness? Last time I dropped in he toured me around all the local farmer’s markets and we ate our way through the Whole Foods […]

Last Snow of Winter at Fermilab Natural Areas

Nepese Marsh frozen with snowy butterfly weed fermilab

Winter has been hitting me hard. I spent a good portion of my morning whining about the additional 4 inches of snow the Chicagoland area got last night. Hopefully the last big snow for the season. I suffer a bit from Seasonal Affective Disorder and have felt the darkness and cold weather as an oppressive […]

4 Easy Tips For Companion Planting For Your Garden

Ornamentals and Vegetables Living Together In Perfect Harmony

I live in a diversified, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic family. I love all our differences as much as I love our similarities, it seems to bring us all together in its own way. One day I  realized that my garden is similar to my family because I plant everything all mixed up together. I have determined that […]

Orchid Show Winter Display Makes Me Happy

Orchid Show Pink Orchid

Snow. I have had enough of it. Chicagoland still has over 12″ of snow on the ground with more snow expected soon. Sufferers of the dreaded Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) are finding it very difficult to look outside the window. We need green and fresh air. We need a warmth and sunshine fix – NOW! […]

Front Lawn Vegetable Garden – How To Design

Front Lawn Vegetable Garden Design

In 2012 I laid out a sun-ray vegetable garden design which has become a very popular post (see photo right). It’s been so successful that I have decided to try different designs in this test garden every year. I’d like to encourage every day gardeners who want to have front lawn ornamental edible gardens to […]

10 Good Pollinator Plants To Mix With Pelargonium Geraniums

Red Geranium with Blue Door

When I was a little girl, I remember my grandmother’s bold red geraniums as the highlight of her patio garden (the pelargonium type, not the perennial geranium). Sitting in tall containers, the red flowers were bold statements against the white, 100 year old farmhouse she called home. In the modern garden I often see them […]

Gardens Eye View Blog – A Graffiti Experiment Fence Champion

Pollinator Fence Graffiti ExperimentPollinator Fence Graffiti Experiment

The Graffiti Experiment  continues in Winter! It is a project intended to inspire positive community unity and beautiful art instead of displaying hate or negativity in our urban neighborhoods. Champions for the project have donated money to help pay the fines my homeowners association charged me in order to help keep the painted fence experiment […]

A Great Gardening Book by Dee Nash and a Contest

High Country Gardens Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden Photo

Dee Nash is a fabulous garden writer and a good garden friend. I first met her at a garden blogging event in Chicago in 2009  and we have been friends ever since (see her [above left] with Anneliese Valdes from Cobrahead [middle], and me); she is filled with an astounding amount of garden information and […]

Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Crockpot Minestrone Soup in Bowl

Winter is here. We need warm deliciousness and we need it fast. Try this Crockpot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe; it is a yummy, hot solution to a cold winter soul. I bought all the ingredients on sale, so the crockpot was chock full of vegetables for about $10. Regular price might make the dollar signs […]