The Versatile Hibiscus

Having grown up in Florida, hibiscus have been a piece of my garden loving life since childhood. Etched into my heart is the memory of the hibiscus plant we gave to my Mormor (Danish Grandmother) when I was little. The cultivar was 'Hawaiian Sunset', and she was a beauty awash in shades of pink & … Continue reading The Versatile Hibiscus

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Botanical Bookworm: “Rooted in Design”

Rooted in Design by Tara Heibel & Tassy de Give (the two women behind Sprout Home Chicago and Sprout Home Brooklyn) is a book that delivers up one inspirational burst after another. Straight away I will admit, this does make a lovely "coffee table book". With gorgeous photos galore, it's quite easy on the eyes. … Continue reading Botanical Bookworm: “Rooted in Design”

Composting With Worms

Vermicomposting, aka vermi-composting or worm composting is the practice of utilizing worms to break down waste resulting in worm castings (poop). According to one study, when compared to conventional microbial composting, vermicomposting results in a material which has lower contamination levels (fewer toxins such as heavy metals) and is able to retain more nutrients over … Continue reading Composting With Worms

Event: Twin Corpse Flowers Set to Bloom

There's a bit of excitement at Chicago Botanic Garden right now, and it's easy to see why. Twin titans are about to bloom! A pair of the garden's Corpse Flowers are on bloom watch and could unfurl at any time. The Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is a huge plant. The corm is huge, the leaves … Continue reading Event: Twin Corpse Flowers Set to Bloom