Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More from the Desert House

Are you getting tired of photos from the conservatory? Is this getting to be like watching someone else's home movies? Well. . . I just love this place, and I hope you'll indulge me as I share yet more photos from my Easter visit with Middle Daughter to the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. Doesn't Easter seem like such a long time ago?

Yesterday a customer came to the nursery, inspired by her own recent visit to the Conservatory, especially The Show House, looking for azaleas, stock, and hydrangeas. I can relate. I've been eyeing spots in my shade garden to add hydrangeas and azaleas to myself.


  1. Never too many photos of such fascinating and unique plants! :)

  2. I love your pictures. Such interesting plants. That looks like a great place to visit. Visiting conservatories is one of my favorite things to do.

  3. Linda: I, too, love to post lots of pictures of places I visit (have you noticed?hee-hee) and I just go ahead and do it without shame. Afterall, it is YOUR blog and that's why we have them right? I'm not a big fan of cacti but your photos are great and it does seem like a wonderful conversatory.

    I am however a BIG fan of hydrangea and azalea... can't wait to see if you make some choices of them to plant in your garden.
    Meems @Hoe&Shovel

  4. I love hydrangeas, too, but after transplanting some when we moved, I realize I need to find a better spot for them. They seem to be a little finicky about where they're planted.
    Catching up with your posts--congratulations on your growing business! That's a good sign when you have to cut back on some hours to keep up with your own clientele.
    Very interesting info on the hostas. Good luck on finding out the names, though; I think there are hundreds of varieties out there, many of which look the same to me!

  5. I love cactus and sedums myself. So I never get tired of seeing them!

  6. Very interesting :)
    Beautiful photos!

  7. Nancy, to me, the Show House was the most beautiful, and the Desert House was the most fascinating.

    Philip, thanks for visiting. I'm looking forward to going back to the conservatory to see the outdoor garden and to see the other seasonal exhibits in the show house.

    Meems, it's fun to share visits to our favorite local garden haunts. It might not be this season, but I definitely want to add some azaleas and hydrangeas. We have some little yews DH bought as Christmas decorations and planted in the garden a few years ago. They're not doing so great, and he wants to take them out. They'd be good spots for blooming shrubs. And I'd like to redo our front foundation planting (overgrown yews and burning bushes.) The shadier side under the old Bradford Pear would also be a great spot for a hydrangea and an azalea.

    Rose, I've had good luck with them in the past in part sun, and I've got spots in mind already - just have to get rid of the ugly stuff first.

    Brenda, aren't they fascinating plants?

    Marie, I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!

  8. Love the photo of the little globe shaped cactuses...or is that cacti?

  9. Ah, you can never have too many pictures of a great place like that.

    I'm planning on sharing some pictures of my favorite conservatory next month.

  10. Amy, I think it's cacti. Couldn't you just see those as foundation plantings if they'd grow around here? Imagine all the time people would save keeping their yews trimmed!

    Cinj, I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!

  11. I'm pleased you are still blogging and commenting despite being busy.

    It's addictive, isn't it!


  12. Esther, I'm still doing, just spending less time at it.

    You could say it's addicting. I just know I enjoy it, and enjoy interacting with this really neat community of gardeners.


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