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CHICAGO PLANTS, LANDSCAPES, PARKS & PRESERVES

~ and the people that create them ~

Pelican Perils

Hello from rainy (but warm) Islamorada, in the Florida Keys.This morning, I sent an email to a bunch of girlfriends to say "good morning" with this photo that I took on my arrival here yesterday:So today I was googling "wildlife in the FL Keys" so I could figure out where I should visit, and I found two alarming pelican stories. First, a short film clip from the Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue Center about why we need to pick up the (damn) trash wherever we are:  (function(d, s, id) {...

Why is Santana Playing in my Head?

Another great find in the 2014 plant catalogs! This time it's DRUNKEN WOMAN FRIZZY HEADED LETTUCE, sold by Territorial Seed Company. Gotta have it... then this summa I'm gonna crank up some Santana, swing those (svelte) hips, and belt out a new tune in my garden: "...I got a frizzy heada lettuce, got a frizzy heada lettuce, got me so blind I can't eat, it's tryin to make a meat eater outa me...Got its spell on me baby...I need you so bad, drunken lettuce, I can't leave...

This Land is Your Land! And so is Lake Michigan…

I know, I know, it's gray outside. Waking up in the morning to "no contrast" is a struggle. But let's be optimistic and say that the monochrome makes us appreciate the sun and chlorophyll so much more than those people who never see seasonal change. Here's a few photographs of the Openlands Preserve at Fort Sheridan. We are so lucky that people stepped up to the fundraising challenge and funded the preservation of this 77-acre parcel of lakefront property after the US...

Happy New Year! Time to Dream of (Wacky) Vegetables to Plant…

Need some laughs? An alert reader sent me a fellow blogger's ("The Art of Doing Stuff") post about visiting a CSA farm in Canada and some of the wacky plants it's possible to grow. Take a look at the great photos in this article (and scroll down to get your laugh by reading the text for "spigiarello"!): http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/heirloom-vegetables-things-youve-never-thought-of-planting/ On cue for January 2, my Jung's Seed Catalog arrived. I've thumbed through,...

Coldest Day on Record–Not So. Maybe. Go Figure.

This morning I heard a TV weatherman say this is the coldest day (-16) on record in Chicago. Of course, I had to Google that assertion, especially because I wondered if, in my lifetime, I had now lived through the hottest and the coldest days on record in Chicago. Not surprisingly, I found out that the Cable TV was mistaken (large gasp!) or at least, misleading. Turns out, the coldest recorded temperature day in Chicago occurred on January 20, 1985 when it was -27 with...

Polar Plunge!

Here's a brief but spiritually invigorating (brrr, especially today!) video sent from subscriber and great humanist Mordechai Levin, who lives along the Nippersink Creek in Richmond, McHenry, Illinois. He suggests that the creek be renamed, the "NipperMink"... If you know of the wonderful work of the poet, Mary Oliver, you will enjoy this poem of her's (I don't have permission to publish it, but I hope she will forgive me when each of you buys her latest book, <a...

STOP the presses and read this!

Many of you know that I volunteer with a GREAT charity called Mothers Trust Foundation (MTF). It is so great that it won the "2013 Human Services Philanthropy Award" by Make It Better magazine, and the prize was a free professional videotape for marketing our organization. This week the tapings were done, which included testimonials by social workers from Lake County (IL) and some of the oh-so-desperately-poor kids they help, each discussing how MTF came to the rescue....

Silence All Around

I was thinking about what I could write about while driving home from the dentist today. I looked into a forest preserve I was passing and thought, "Nothing. I can't think of anything to write about gardening. It is just so damn gray today". But inspiration sometimes comes out of being quiet and letting the silence in, you know? So here I was, sitting at my desk, quietly, a little somber, when I looked at a book winking from the shelf, and instinctively knew that Donald...

Mississippi Flyway Used by Half of All North American Birds! Hear more next Monday…

Lake County Audubon Society welcomes all to attend a very important presentation on Monday, December 2, 7:30 pm, at the Libertyville Village Hall, 118 W. Cook Street, Libertyville, IL. Chris Canfield, Vice President of the Mississippi Flyway and former VP Gulf of Mexico Conservation and Restoration, will discuss the National Audubon Society’s Mississippi Flyway, the role it plays in Audubon’s integrated conservation model, and the essential role that local Audubon...

Butterflies, Bees and Trees: What’s Your Legacy?

Yesterday I was ferreting through a pile of my husband's "paperwork" and came across a lost treasure: a faded pamphlet of "The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness", written by French novelist, Jean Giono (1895-1970) and first published by Vogue Magazine in March, 1954. This is the most precious and inspirational true story you could ever read. I read it first on a sunny summer afternoon when I had the honor of being able to visit the Wisconsin farm of the late...

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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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