| Sep 27, 2013
| 8:08 AM
The crocuses disappear, the daffodils fade, the tulips peak, and then up pop the alliums: globes of flowers rising like blue and purple soap bubbles above the lush green foliage of late spring.
"I like them because they bloom between the other spring...
| May 13, 2013
Some of a gardener's best friends are bugs. Yes, bugs. Many of the insects and other creepy-crawlies in our flower beds and vegetable patches and on trees are doing good work. Most are harmless, though there are a few that might do our plants...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:42 AM
Turn into Susan Beard's drive, and you'll notice right away: Spring-flowering bulbs are strewn like a pastel carpet beneath spreading trees and a sea of white narcissus rises to meet the road in front of the house. The native tree species, drifts of grape...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Just when you thought it was safe to get out of your house and into the long-delayed sunny season, Chicago theaters of all sizes unleash some of their most promising offerings of the year. When you're ready for a break from the beach and the ballpark,...
| Oct 7, 2013
Trees with cones have needles and stay green all winter, right? Well, mostly. But there are a few remarkable trees that reproduce with cones but lose their leaves every fall, like a maple or an elm.
These deciduous conifers add lovely color and...
| Oct 15, 2013
Red makes all the difference. It puts the kick in a convertible, the allure in a model's lipstick and the fiery glow in our autumn woods.
That red glow is a bit of a mystery, says Ed Hedborn, manager of plant records at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle,...
| Oct 22, 2013
When settlers arrived to farm around Chicago in the 1830s, they found rich woodlands of majestic oaks and scattered hickory trees. These trees had survived fires and storms and provided a bounty of nuts for animals. "The diversity of life in the region...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Lovers of fall color might want to relax and kick back this year. The trees are in no hurry to turn, letting us experience what experts call "a protracted fall."
"During some falls we get multiple species all in color at the same time, but this year...
| Nov 1, 2013
Blossoms are fleeting and leaves fall, but berries are forever. Well, maybe not forever, but they can last a while.
Berries that stay on the shrubs for months add interest to the winter landscape, said Phil Riske, horticulturist at The Morton...
| Jul 7, 2013
If flowers are the language of love, then Cathy Haibach and Marcus de la fleur speak a dialect that has evolved over thousands of years: the language of the prairie, where their relationship sparked to life.
"With Marcus, I discovered nature in Chicago,...
| Jul 13, 2013
This is a story about a blue crab killed for no good reason.
It is a story about birth and rebirth, law and life, nature and nurture, cooperation and connection, cultivation and civilization, production and destruction, seed and greed, Adam and Eve....