Saturday, June 4, 2011

Home again, home again

Walu and I took a quick trip this past week to Chitown to see his parents and his brother Sasha, who is visiting from Laos. It was a whirlwind week, but relaxing, too, as we kept our agendas uncomplicated to accommodate everyone else's schedule. If we'd had a longer visit, I would have tried my best to cobble together a trip to Mr. McGregor's Daughter's Squirrelhaven, since I've been reading about it for a few years now. I met Barbara at last year's Fling, and throughly enjoyed visiting with her about my favorite Chicago plant, the hosta (which, to my sorrow, I cannot get to grow here). It was not to be, though, so I'll just have to wait to catch up with MMD in Seattle at the Garden Blogger's Fling.

I will say that the highlight of the trip, as always, was the Second City's beautiful architecture. Walu, Sasha, and I even took a guided tour by boat down the Chicago River that was sponsored by the Architecture Society to learn more about it:

I highly recommend the tour, but if you do it in the summer, it might be advisable to wear a hat.

Now I'm back home and ready to plant some foundation shrubbery in my back garden, which has suffered from neglect the past couple of years and looks a tad tattered as a result. It didn't help that we needed to replace a sewer line this year and the plumbers completely destroyed one of the flower beds in the process. Ah well, in every disaster, there is opportunity for renewal, and so it shall be here.

I've gone for a bike ride this morning, on a lovely, overcast and moderately breezy day, and now I'm ready to go plant shopping. I don't have anything in mind except that I need some shrubs for a backdrop and that they need to get in the ground and somewhat established before I take off again here in a couple of weeks.

So, gotta go, since I'm burnin' daylight, but I'll keep you posted on what transpires.


  1. I hope you also visited the Lurie Garden while in Chicago. I've seen at the end of May and in early July and it was beautiful in both seasons.

  2. Yo! I'm looking forward to seeing you in July. I hope you found some shrubs for the back and even more fervently, I hope they survive being planted now!

  3. Nice article, thanks for the information.

  4. Ah, I'm jealous of your Chicago trip. I've taken that architectural tour before and really enjoyed it. btw, I saw your book mentioned in the Field Notes section of the latest Wildflower magazine - congratulations!

  5. I will give you my secret to success with Hostas - don't buy any. Every one I have ever drooled over and purchased has died. However, those where no money changed hands have thrived.

  6. We did that architecture tour in 1992, it was one of the highlights of our stay in the Windy City :)


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