First thing out of the bags was this rabbit, which isn't surprising. Rabbits are everywhere, as it turns out, even in Chicago.
I saw real rabbits at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Ginkgo Organic Garden. And I saw this little stone rabbit, the best kind of rabbit of all, in Carolyn Gail’s Sweet Home and Garden Chicago front garden. (Thank you to Carolyn Gail for opening up her home and garden to us garden bloggers when we visited for Spring Fling!)
I also saw a few hoes while I was in the big city, as I knew I would because hoes are quite universal, especially in the gardening world.
These two hoes were on display at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
For those who are wondering, I do not have my hoes on display in this manner, with outlines of where they go on the pegboard in the garage and labels above them. My hoes are double and triple hung from pegs, wherever I can find room for them, and I just have to remember their names because they don't have name tags.
In the Rick Bayless garden, where his gardener grows salad greens for use in his restaurants, I noticed the use of this simple low fence at the end of the row. On one side were the “crops” and on the other side was this foliage that I'm not sure what it is, maybe daffodils?
I could do that in my garden! By the way, did anyone think to ask if they have problems with rabbits in this garden? It sure seemed like a place that rabbits would enjoy.
I loved these simple twig structures that I saw in the fabulous Lurie Garden.
I examined one of them a little more closely to see how it was put together. It looks like it was made by screwing together twigs and stems from some of the black locust trees that are planted in sections of the garden. One of the twigs was even sprouting leaves, demonstrating that for the most part, given the right conditions, plants want to live! I need to find some twigs and build one or two of these for my garden.
That would make more sense than digging up my lawn to create a river of Salvia.
And I could edge the raised beds in my vegetable garden with brick the way they did at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Some of the cedar boards I’ve used to edge my raised beds are reaching ‘end of life’ and I’m looking for some alternatives. This is a nice clean look that might be one to consider for someone who likes a little order in her vegetable garden. Now, where could a gardener get a hold of some bricks like that without spending a small fortune?
I’ll have to contemplate that and all these other ideas I brought back with me from Chicago as I get to work this morning tending my own garden, where the weeds are growing with abandon and there are more strawberries to pick. And I'm still worried because I haven't seen any rabbits this spring...