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FOR ALL THE GARDENING WEEKEND WARRIORS: Here's a Plan for You . by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Every Spring they come to the garden center bearing photos and drawings of their small urban yards.  Brave souls that have spent their last dime on the interior and now not ... Read on »
Aiming and Fixing by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Been aiming and fixing to Put this coldframe I purchased last year together.  Paint this rusty chair I found in the alley. Clean up the potager. P ... Read on »
Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Spring came to Chicago last week and it put on quite a show.  The Chicago Flower and Garden Show, that is.   Gorgeous, bright flowers dazzled the eye and lifted the spirit. ... Read on »
OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training The list of new woody plant materials our Tree and Shrub buyer at Gethsemane scours the country for is long so I'll just pick out a few of some that I think are special. ... Read on »
SPRING IS TIME TO THINK OF FALL by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Don't wait until Fall to think about Mums that usually don't survive the Chicago winters.   I have a strong dislike for the annual Mums I see plopped in the garden each Fall ... Read on »
The Chicago Flower and Garden Show 2011: Sneak Preview by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Two very contemporary gardens And of course, flowers of every color, everywhere, all in bloom. These are but a few highlights of the many beautiful displa ... Read on »
PLANS FOR THE POTAGER by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training                                                          Bibimbop This popular Korean dish above is easy to make and one I whip up when family or friends visit.  ... Read on »
GARDEN BLOGGERS' MUSE DAY by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Dear March -- Come in -- How glad I am -- I hoped for you before -- Put down your Hat -- You must have walked -- How out of Breath you are -- Dear March, C ... Read on »
Return of the Chicago Mob by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Crows Over a Wheat Field by Vincent Van Gogh                                 Their hoarse , cawing voices woke me this morning and while it brought back memories from my ... Read on »
THE 'F' WORD AND I DON'T MEAN FLOWERS by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Funky, frivilous, forbidding, frigid, foul, fabulous, fickle....February.  Just a few of the 'F' words used to describe February in Chicago.  The fabulous part was our ... Read on »
Did I Shave My Legs for This ? by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Signs of  green stuff under there. And red.  Okay people, no more excuses !  Time to take down your Christmas decorations or I'll be forced to enter your yard int ... Read on »
A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT-4th Blogiversary at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training With all the commotion going on about the blizzard that hit us full force yesterday I forgot that it was 4 years ago that I started this blog, so Happy Blogiversary to ... Read on »
GARDEN BLOGGERS' MUSE DAY by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Indoor Gardener A February wind blows dismally, The sky is full of dark clouds hanging low, The garden lies in numbed frigidity And waits the fall ... Read on »
A Little Garden Humor by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Garden writer David Hobson author of the blog   Garden Humour  has generously allowed me to reprint this funny article of things his readers have found buried in their ... Read on »
Garden Designers Round Table : A Postcard from New England by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training There's a saying that a designer's concept drawing ought to be a postcard good enough to send to their Grandmother. Dear Grandma , Here I am in the beautiful New ... Read on »
Seedy Thoughts by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training It's easy to have seedy thoughts in the deep of December and January in Chicago.    Actually, I had them as early as November when I selected vegetable and flower seeds for ... Read on »
GARDEN BLOGGERS' BLOOM DAY by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training    May Flowers by Moi Here we are in the first GBBD of the new year 2011.    Naturally the only thing still in bloom at Sweet Garden Chicago is my Christmas poinsetta , ... Read on »
I'M GUESSING Y'ALL DID'NT MISS ME? by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Been down with the epatoozies which is why I didn't blog this week.  The epatoozies, in case you don't know, is what we Southerners  call something that's ailing us but we d ... Read on »
Regulating the Green in the Greenest City on Earth by Carolyn C. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training My little Chicago Urban Farm This morning's Tribune had a story about zoning laws the city is considering to regulate urban farming which has made many in the industr ... Read on »