Tag Archives: garden

The True Meaning of Happiness



I have poison ivy in 6 places.  Ear, neck, cheek, chest, wrist, bicep.  ITCH.  Not sure where I picked it up, but I hope it was not in the perennial garden last Sunday, because I spent the day out there today battling briers and vines.  If that is where the current rash came from, I […]

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Perennial In Every Way



We bought this place in the mountains 7 or 8 years ago, although we just moved here at the end of 2011.  (Or I did… poor John spent another year driving back and forth to our previous state, tending to affairs, selling a house, etc.) Way back then, the previous owner’s manicured perennial garden flaunted […]

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Norton’s Produce



Last Thursday I stopped by Norton’s Produce at 39W369 Illinois Route 64 in Saint Charles.  I had visited Norton’s as a customer in the past, most recently over Memorial Day weekend.  It was then that I chatted with Benn Norton and invited myself over for an interview and photos.  Benn kindly obliged.  I drove like a maniac from the […]

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Wiltse’s Greenhouse and Farm



I decided to stay a little closer to home this week, so I headed for Wiltse’s Greenhouse and Farm in Maple Park Illinois.  This is close enough for regular shopping if you live in Kane County like I do.  It’s 14 miles west of Geneva on Route 38.  Wiltse’s sells fresh produce, eggs, garden art, perennials, annuals, herbs, and runs […]

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The Poison Garden



Late last summer, I took a little afternoon trip with a couple of girlfriends.  We drove west to Caledonia, Illinois to visit a place called Wind Ridge Herb Farm.  Wind Ridge is a lovely place.  They grow organic herbs and make their own fine products, and serve organic lunches and dinners prepared from local foods.  (You can […]

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Hope Springs Eternal



Oh yes, friends!  February 16th and the mercury rose to a welcome 45 degrees.  When I walked out of work today, I felt warm, moist air and it was NOT dark.  Not completely, anyway.  There was light still pushing up around the horizon to the west, south, and north.  After eight weeks of dirty snow on the ground, gray skies, subzero temperatures, and pitch dark parking lots after […]

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