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Welcome! My favorite part of this blog is the interactive aspect of it. Click on the blue titles to view the full article. This page is where you can pin, tweet, share, and best of all, COMMENT! I like comments! ~ Rommy Lopat

CHICAGO PLANTS, LANDSCAPES, PARKS & PRESERVES

~ and the people that create them ~

Genius at Work!

I am so excited. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, and my invention is a success! The squirrels have been foiled and the birds have a feeder tray along with the usual hanging feeder(s), all "perched" on one post. Here it is for your amazement at Queen Bee's most clever work to date:   My gardener, Algoberto, and I collaborated on the design. We got the parts and he welded them together. The pole is stuck in the base of an outdoor umbrella, but it could be hammered into the...

Brussel Sprouts or Brussels Sprouts?

When I was 21, my Aunt Rita and my Mom (Aunt Susie to my cousins) gave me a backyard picnic party. I was thrilled to see the long-stemmed rose box, tied with a big red ribbon, since no boy had yet seen fit to present long-stemmed roses to me. So imagine my giddiness, then shock, then dismay when I opened the box to find a long-stemmed Brussel (Brussels?) Sprout plant. HaHa. Not funny. Fast forward forty years and here I am, picking Brussel (Brussels?) Sprouts from our...

Southwestward Ho! A Gardener’s Tour of St. Louis

Someday I will create an app that is just for gardeners. My app will use your phone's GPS to tell you every place nearby that would be of interest to a gardener: nurseries, garden centers, botanic gardens, cemeteries, parks, outdoor history museums, farms, that day's garden events...YELP might be for restaurants and gas stations, GELP [Gardeners Eager for Local Places] would be for "anything garden." Trip Advisor needs a gardener's tour section too. Take, for example,...

So Beautiful, So Scary, It’s the Future

Fall is in its glory, with beautiful weather days, clouds, pumpkins and leaf colors surrounding us here in Chicago. Revel in this loveliness, dear readers, because Climate Change is with us everywhere always. Last Saturday, I attended a seminar at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The subject? A scientific study of which trees we should be planting because they are well suited to....future heat levels in the Chicago region. Here's some winners: American Hornbeam [Carpinus caroliniana] 'Firespire',...

It All Adds Up…or…Plants of the World, Unite!

I think one of the best things about life on earth is the NY Times. I've been reading it daily--and fairly closely--every day since I was a teenager. There is so much information in every issue that it can make my brains hurt. And since there is not enough room in my cranium (please no remarks) to store all this written material, I am compelled to share the paper's good and fascinating information with...you. From time to time, that is. I won't pester you with doomsday too often,...

Perfection!

Thank you, o creator of heaven and earth, for bestowing this perfect moment.    

September. Already?

Man, time flies. And so many projects (ie dividing Iris, dividing everything, cleaning garage) are left undone, again this year. But I just had to go for a walk with Daughter #2 who snapped this great photo... It was also important to create a feast (salad Nicoise) using our own "farm farsh" eggs. Alas, the black olives and string beans for the salad were not from our garden, but the broccoli and Brussels sprouts and herbs and tomatoes were. It's been a lousy year for all tomatoes...

Landscape’s Loss

It is a sad day in Chicago landscape history, for internationally-known landscape architect Peter Schaudt, 56, died on July 19. Peter was co-partner in the firm [Doug] Hoerr Schaudt. Here is his obituary, written by Chicago Tribune architecture critic, Blair Kamin. Blair also wrote a story back in 2011 when Doug's prairie at Trump Tower in Chicago was ripped out after just one year and replaced with a more conventional garden. It's wasteful and always shocking to me...

Catching Up: First Monarch in the July Garden

Monarch season is starting very slowly. The first Monarch I noticed, perched on a stockade fence, in our Lake Forest garden visited last week. Alas, I had no camera in hand. Yesterday morning, however, this mistah buttafly flitted onto the Allium 'Summer Beauty' (a must-have plant, durable as hell), completely ignoring the nearby, wait for it...Butterfly Weed [Asclepias tuberosa].  I haven't seen any Monarchs at all at our farm in Richmond, about an hour northwest of...

Look but Don’t Touch

I know, I know, dear readers, that I have been absent from writing since April. And even today I am only given you un petit soupcon of a post. Here's our lovely vegetable garden showing off broccoli and lettuce, but alas, there's been too much humidity and rain to actually garden in it. But tonight, tonight, we will be consuming some of that lettuce--planted back in April when I should have been writing to you. All my best. It's a rain forest out there... Rommy...

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The Weedpatch Gazette is written for people who believe that beautiful landscapes should emphasize diversity and richness in plant material and be especially sensitive to landforms, ecology, economy, wildlife, and the wise use of land, water and soil. TWG aims to present information succinctly, with candor, detail, and humor. Submissions of content, well-reasoned criticism, and ideas for stories about landscape and the people who make and appreciate them are always welcome.

 

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