2014 Calendar to Download!

December 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Since scheduling wisdom everyone knows is,
“Always take time to smell the roses!”
Whether your days dawn with sunshine or showers,
Be soothed all the year by the beauty of flowers.

My calendar this year is inspired by my garden. Each month features a photo from our yard along with a tidbit of green-thumb wisdom for your inspiration or amusement. Additional images feature vintage garden-themed ephemera from various sources including OldDesignShop.com, TheGraphicsFairy.com, and Lilac-n-Lavender.blogspot.ca, to whom I am very grateful.

This calendar, if printed, is 4.6 X 5.4 in., designed to fit into a CD-style easel case. To download the calendar for viewing or printing, click the cover image below.


A Year in the Garden 2014 Calendar


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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 and 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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