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Boxwood Blight

Boxwood Blight

by Tony Fulmer May 26, 2017

The Hortiholic loves to write about the many fun, positive aspects of horticulture. I like to share cool new plants or things I've learned over decades to help other gardeners become more successful. Every once in a while something comes along that isn't so much fun, but deserves attention. 

Spring Annuals.... No Non-scents

Spring Annuals.... No Non-scents

by Tony Fulmer April 10, 2017

I offer my sincere apology to Mrs. Ogden, my eighth grade English teacher, for the above double negative. More simply put, I want to share some beautiful, cold-tolerant spring annuals that also bear the gift of fragrance. Who doesn't like two for one? Beware sniff-test shopping on a cold spring day and understand that you won't be getting an accurate scents (unforgivable, but I've no pun shame) of fragrance.

Winter Warmth Woes for Plants

Winter Warmth Woes for Plants

by Tony Fulmer February 24, 2017

While 65 degree winter temperatures in Chicago, day in, day out, are cause for jogger jubilation this weather is not doing most of our plants any favors. Our perennials, bulbs, shrubs and trees are being set up for a potential world of hurt. A notable exception is the lovely, naturally early-blooming witchhazel pictured above.

Mid-Winter Houseplant Blahs

Mid-Winter Houseplant Blahs

by Tony Fulmer February 10, 2017

We're finally on the "backside" of winter. For those of us not winging off to a tropical island between now and spring that's an important psychological milestone, just as it is for our houseplants. Even the word "houseplant" sounds winter-weary and less than exciting - kind of like "leftovers". 

Spring Garden Itch

Spring Garden Itch

by Tony Fulmer January 26, 2017

Mid-winter is about the time most gardeners start getting "spring itch". For nonsufferers, it should be noted this is not a dermatological condition requiring an office visit, nor is it likely to be contagious. It's simply a longing to be back in the garden knowing full well that any activity...