You Know You’re A Chicago Gardener If…


Four days ago it was sub-zero. Seriously, I woke up to a negative four on my Blackberry’s Weatherbug  app and by the time I left work it had risen a whole lot, to two degrees. With the wind chill, "the man" said it was well into the negative twenties….
I still had garden chores to do but I had no worries. I am secure in the fact that our weather pendulum swings wildly and I was still going to have time to make a boxwood hedge, sink some bulbs and do some general clean-up. All of which I have accomplished today, and then some.
It’s 34 degrees out and after Thursday’s weather… it may as well be a sweltering 80. I’m outside wearing no coat, gloves or scarf… emptying my trunk of the last minute pitchouts that are currently plantsicles (hey, you never know!), clearing away November’s gourds (you caught me) and taking a few branches of our enormundo Blue Spruce for the window boxes.
It feels good, very good. Way better than spending the afternoon at the mall….

Chillin’ in the forum….

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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