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Friday, March 11, 2011

Chicago Flower & Garden Show


 I've been gardening since 2005 and this is my first trip to the Garden Show ... I guess I decided to wait until I had a baby to go. Maybe I thought it would be more fun wielding a stroller through garden designs and crazy vendor stalls? 

For the record, it's not.


Good thing I went with help -- my mom & my husband -- and after the show we had a nice brunch at Prairie Fire. It's always good to end everything with brunch.



This shrub is from an installation that highlighted so many interesting conifers. There were so many it was hard to take it all in and no picture I took did it justice.  I am in dire need of evergreen in my garden and I'm looking forward to visiting this nursery in the spring, when I'm out trolling for some shade-tolerant conifers.

For more photos (not a lot), click here.
 

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

In search of a tree/shrub for Fence Garden

I found this photo somewhere (Organic Gardening maybe?) and I loved it -- A garden along a fence in the shade (I have the same thing!).

Inspiration
My fence garden (in need of some height)
What I loved most were the crepe myrtels adding height and interest and repetition to this garden;  but we can't grow them here in Chicago / Zone 5.

QUESTION: Is there another tree/shrub that has this multi-stem. interesting trunk, but can fit in a narrow garden along a fence line?