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8 spring is blooming

All this warm weather we’ve been having means that Spring is in bloom a little early this year. So all the trees and flowers are blossoming which I’m sure you have noticed.

I attended the Chicago Flower Show in March and the horticulturist said that flowering season is ahead by 3-4 weeks. I have even spotted a few green sprouts from my own tulips that I planted last fall. So my goal this year is to master the technique of keeping my flowers blooming all summer long which is much harder than it looks.

This year, at the Garden show, I attended a talk by Kris Bachtell of titled “What’s Old is New Again: Hydrangeas”. It was a great talk with lots of great tips that I hope to apply to my own garden this year, especially my Hydrangea bush.

Lupe’s Garden

For example, one great tip is to photograph your garden often so you can capture the changing seasons. This is just another reason why I attend these sessions; I’m always trying to learn from the masters. (See photo of my garden and its sprouts.)

If you’re looking for more inspiration mark your calendars for the Chicago Botanic Antique & Garden Fair, April 20-22, 2012 click here for more information  I hope to see there.  Below are my photos from the Chicago Flower Show.

Does your closet look like this?

How to decorate your bedroom with nature

Vegetables in a flower garden

Decorating with flowers

Do you have a favorite garden walk or event in your area, tell us about it?  If you do photograph your garden or someone else’s send us photos to post on flickr.

Have a blooming Spring!

Ciao –


9 getaway with the whole family
Grandpa enjoying the view.

Want a great family retreat, where you can even bring the dog?   Try Cedar Rock Cabins, in the Southern Illinois woods!    The accommodations are superb – the cedar cabin, the log beds, the screened in porch, the walking paths and the swing in the woods.     The kids really enjoyed exploring with the family dog, Zack.    The cabin owner, Cindy, gave us a great tip – to hike to the waterfall at Ferne Clyffe State Park.    We stopped in several antique shops, and made a visit to nearby Bella T Winery, and enjoyed the evenings relaxing in the hot tub!   The spring bird songs were very enjoyable, and we were thrilled to see and hear 2 wild turkeys down the hill.    This is a perfect place to enjoy some quality family time.

What is your favorite dog friendly place?
Enjoy Southern Illinois!

10 bank of america marathon

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the most popular races in the entire nation. Not only does it feature one of the flattest and fastest but it features the most amazing audience in the world, in my opinion. I should know since I go out each year to cheer on all the runners. I am always amazed at the determination of the runners who push through pure agony just to get to the finish line.

Even though the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon isn’t until October 7th, they’ve already sold out the applications. All 45,000 spaces were sold out in a record 5 days, 2 hours.

I’m going let you in on a secret here. I learned from a friend of mine who is running on behalf of the Special Olympics that Special Olympics Chicago still has applications! These applications are at a premium so if you or anyone you know is interested in running, I encourage you to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Anyone interested in running can send an email to to request an application or contact me at (312) 360-1158. You may also visit their website at for more details.

I hope you see there at the Chicago Marathon, Sunday, October 7, 2012. I’ll be in the crowd cheering on the runners. Where will you be?