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Happy Friday- This week at the Garden

Happy Friday!! If you have a chance to go to the Botanic Garden (or any garden really) you should go. Spring is HERE. And it's AMAZING. Here's what I saw blooming at the Garden this week (spoiler alert- there were A LOT of tulips...)

Spring Tulips
Spring Tulips at the Garden
Spring Tulips
Spring Tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden
I know, it's not a tulip, but these Persian Buttercups were too gorgeous not to be included!

I know, it's not a tulip, but these Persian Buttercups were too gorgeous not to be included!

spring flowers at the garden

How's your spring coming along, what are you looking forward to? What's your favorite springtime bloom? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy Earth Day- This week at the Garden

This is such an exciting time. The tulips will all be open within a week or two, the magnolia trees will be in full bloom, and in early May, the crab apples trees should full of little blossoms. And then, the lilacs... **sigh** I cannot wait.

Here's what was in bloom at the Garden last week:

Chicago botanic garden - english garden fountain
Spring Daffodils
Cherry Blossoms at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Hyanicth at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Spring tulips at the Chicago Botanic Garden

And, to add to the excitement of the season, I get to start creating my patio garden soon. If the weather holds up, I think I can start in the beginning of May--yay! This year is going to be even better than last year. If you need any tips to create your own container garden on your patio/deck, check out my post 5 Simple Tips to Create Gorgeous Container Gardens.

How's your spring coming along? What's your favorite springtime bloom? Let me know in the comments section below !

 

 

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Spring is in the Air- This week at the Garden

Spring sure seems to be taking it's sweet time getting here this year. We were teased a week or so ago with 70 degree temperatures and it was amazing! Since then, it's been a bit of a roller coaster in terms of weather. Warm-ish one day, cold and snowy the next. Lots of rain, and even thunder snow. There was a day last week where i swear we experienced all four seasons within a few hours!

Spring Fern, Fiddlehead growing

Even though it feels like spring is elusive, I see it. It's happening. Trees and bushes are slowing beginning to bud and their leaves are starting to grow. Teeny plants are beginning to break from beneath the soil and send forth their little green shoots. It's so exciting!

I'm so giddy and excited to see all these new growing things. Winter is so rough for me. Not only because of the darkness (that seems to last forever) but everything is either dead, dormant, or asleep. I know there is beauty in winter, but, most of the time I'm so down and depressed that I don't notice it. All I want to do is eat and sleep. I dream of green growing things.

In order to combat the dark dreariness of winter, I've been going through my vast collection of photos and posting one photo a day on Instagram.  At least this gives me (and you) something pretty to look at and it's a small reminder that spring and green growing things are just around the corner.

This is the time of year I go to the Garden almost every week. I don't want to miss a thing! Here's what was growing this week at the Garden:

Spring blossoms
Gowing Tulips
spring crocuses in bloom
magnolia buds
tulips are starting to grow
spring daffodils

Stay tuned for weekly (or nearly weekly) Garden updates! :)

 

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Spring has sprung, part 2

In honor of Earth Day, I'd like to share with you some signs of spring that I photographed while at the Chicago Botanic Garden. These were taken about two weeks ago and as you can tell, the tulips aren't quite ready yet. I'll be heading back to the garden this weekend to check on their progress!

For more signs of spring, check out my flickr!

 
 

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Spring is in the air (finally!)

I am happy to report that Spring is finally making it's way to Chicago land! Finally. The days are getting a little longer,  and it's been downright pleasant around here. I finally had the chance to go to the Chicago Botanic Garden and photograph some green and growing things. This now commences my annual stalking of the garden every week on the hunt for spring beauties such as tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, and lilacs!

These photos are from my April 30th, 2013 trip and more are available on my flickr stream.

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Foggy Day at the Garden

I don't know about you, but I am so desperate for Spring and to see real live green growing things. It seems as though Winter has shifted and started in February instead of November/December like normal. February was rough, and now it's the late middle of March and it's so much colder than normal. And there's more snow!

While it was a less than optimal day to visit the Garden, I was able to take some photos of it covered in thick dense fog (it was so cool!)

It started to rain a little heavier and I ducked into the greenhouses to see real live green plants (so thankful for the greenhouses during the winter!) Hopefully, next time I visit, it will be warmer and there will be something green and growing.