Posts tagged "Flowers"

Art in Bloom at Milwaukee Art Museum

Art in Bloom at Milwaukee Art Museum
The Art in Bloom exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum is subtitled A Tribute to Art and Flowers and is a fun and beautiful location to welcome spring. I attended yesterday to hear garden author Gayla Trail talk about growing food in unusual places.   Just an hour and a half north of Chicago, The... Read more »

Macy's Flower Show 2011 Preview

Macy's Flower Show 2011 Preview
“Towers of Flowers,” this year’s theme for the spring flower show at Macy’s on State Street opens Sunday March 27th and runs through April 10th. This morning I attended the media preview of the flower show, had a sampling of the botanical themed food and drinks that will be part of the menu of the... Read more »

Free Tickets to Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2011

Free Tickets to Chicago Flower & Garden Show 2011
It may not seem like it out there but spring is on the way. The 17th annual Chicago Flower & Garden Show will return to Navy Pier on Saturday, March 5, through Sunday, March 13. This year’s theme is “The Sport of Gardening,” and will highlight some of the top Midwest landscapers, growers and garden... Read more »
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My Small Space Urban Garden

My Small Space Urban Garden
Some photos of my small space urban garden in July 2010. The garden is located on the West Side of Chicago and this is where I grow the annuals and perennials I blog about here and on the MrBrownThumb garden blog. I like to describe my gardening style as ghetto because of my haphazard approach... Read more »

Amaryllis Bulb Kits:Gifts for Gardeners

Amaryllis bulb kits are a great gift idea for the gardener on your shopping list this holiday season.  The bulb kits can be found in retail settings like; home improvement stores, the floral section of your local grocery chain, big box stores and garden centers across Chicago.  With prices starting at $4.99, they make great... Read more »

Garden Book: "Bulb" by Anna Pavord

Earlier this month, I was offered a review copy of Bulb by Anna Pavord and the chance to talk to the author on the phone while she was visiting the U.S. to tape The Martha Stewart show. I have to admit I wasn’t aware of her bestselling book, The Tulip, but as a grower of... Read more »
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Spring Flowering Bulb Planters: Container Garden Idea 6

Just because you garden in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t plant spring flowering bulbs. While most gardeners around Chicago plant bulbs in the ground, they are also suitable for container gardens on your deck, patio, porch or courtyard.  In the garden video below by the Chicago Botanic Garden Jill Selinger shows you how... Read more »

Wildlife Resistant Garden Bulbs, Oh Deer!

In my urban garden I don’t face many of the same pests that other gardeners in the Chicagoland area have to deal with. We have no deer in my neighborhood, the squirrels rarely visit my garden, rabbits and raccoons are rare. If you have trouble keeping flowers because they’re always being eaten by some animal... Read more »

Garden Tools and Plants at Independent Garden Center Show

The last post about the Independent Garden Center Show here at Chicago Garden. Garden pots outnumbered plants and a tools at the show, but I spotted a few that I liked.  Echinacea ‘Mac N Cheese’ and Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’ pictured above. Anyone else hungry? I’m told that in Chicago they will be (or already are)... Read more »
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Pinching Basil Flowers in Herb Garden

Once basil flowers the leaves tend to taste a little bitter. If you’re growing basil in your herb garden on way to extend the plant is to deadhead the flowers. To do this simply pinch off the blooms with your thumb and index finger. If your basil has started flowering and you want to collect... Read more »