Snowmageddon 2/2/2011

February 2, 2011 at 3:36 pm (Garden, Snow)

Our house in the snow

View from the street after 5 hours of shoveling

Or snOwMG or Snowzilla or Snowpocalypse . . . Whatever you call it, Chicago is pretty much closed down. I think the groundhog may have some trouble getting out to see his shadow in all this snow! Below is a link to my album of photos on Google’s Picasa site. (I’d hoped to include a slideshow here, butĀ I find that WordPress is not compatible with Picasa slideshows. Sorry about that!)

Big Snow album on Google’s Picasa

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Level Headed (or Bird-Brained?)

April 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm (Garden) (, , , )

image of Birdbath Meniscus

Birdbath Filled for Spring!

Hoping we will not experience further hard freezes, I have filled the birdbath for spring! It’s always a challenge to get it level after winter heaves the ground, but as always, I am not satisfied until a meniscus forms on the water in the basin. (I’m sure we all have our little pet peeves . . .)

Welcome spring birdies!

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Spring Fever!

April 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm (Garden) (, , , )

Spring-blooming perennials

A great fix for eager gardeners in the north!

Total Spring Fever here in Chicago-land! A week of unseasonably warm temps in the 70s and 80s has my spirits soaring. Good Friday off work helped too, with a frenzy of garden clean-up and the sore muscles to prove it! I also found a great way to have my “too-early cake and eat it too,” if you will. Home Depot is selling cute containers planted with early-spring-blooming perennials, just ready for instant gratification. My $25 dollar fix includes columbine, forget-me-not, pansies, coral bells and more. It easily popped into a hanging basket near my front path and should withstand April’s freezes. Then it can be replaced with summer-blooming annuals andĀ planted in-ground. This and a budding rhododendron on the front stoop have chased away the stale winter dregs and perked up my curb appeal. Come what may, I am ready for Spring!

April 2010

Spring blooms emerging

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