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Thursday, June 8, 2006


The deck flowers are all snuggy in their pots – I tried some new varieties this spring. Above you see, clockwise: purple – Angelonia (Serena); yellow – Nemesia; silver – Dusty Miller (Silver Dust); green – CeCe; silver – Dichondra (Silver Falls); silver – more Dusty Miller; not visible – a lovely light lilac Petunia!

J’adore silver leafed plants – the little Dichondra is most lovely –

And, inspired by the fabulous Bron, I decided that I must have a green CeCe…

Here you see part of a sleeve, made from ggh Bali – a nice cotton/micro blend – it has a matte finish which I love. Guilty pleasure – wallowing in the same color in the same pattern in a wonderful season. Sometimes it’s good to stick close to home – to what you know.

I’ve had a lot of changes this year to date :) Thanks for all the well wishes from everyone for my Family. There hasn’t been any new news – my Mom isn’t doing any better – she has extreme disk degeneration on her spine. Even though she is in incredible pain, she is being the text book reluctant patient and will not do anything the doctor tells her. This has thrust me into a role that I don’t have a script to follow. C.L.U.E.L.E.S.S.

I’ve realized that my parent’s generation is just not into Multi-tasking the way mine is. While they ponder and deliberate, I dig up alternatives and fixes and plans. My Mother seems to want to act like nothing is different; nothing has changed. That if she just gets up in the morning and makes toast, all is right with the world.

And, she’s probably right – after all, it’s just one day at a time anyway… :)

I look at flowers. I touch green. I started taking a different bus to work in the morning because of construction delays on the #66 and it’s opened up a whole new world of views in the A.M. I love to see what people have done in their tiny yards – lots of vertical growing going on…

Tuesday, June 6, 2006


the Gauntlet: a Tale Fit for 06-06-06

I was so full of fresh air after the CW on Sunday, I joined my building neighbors in a challenging garden clean-up. Our building butts up against a beautiful garden belonging to the people south of us. Trouble is, there is a small area between our properties that is prone to be a weed field without watchful vigilance.

We tackled this last year too, and I must say, it was not as bad this year – there are naturalizing Day Lilies galore and Phlox! These, I hope, will fill in that space and shade out any seedlings. The seedlings that want to grow in this area are perverse and tenacious – the most vile being something called the Tree of Heaven…

I think it should be called the Tree of Hell, myself, because it is just demonic. Black Magically, in one season, it can grow +30ft. I noticed it for the first time last year casually looking out my dining room window (I’m on the second floor) and seeing, suddenly, where there was nothing, a Tree Top! We cut them down last year, but being inexperienced, we didn’t know we were really just Feeding the Beast.

By now, the stumps had blown out crazy with fast-growing suckerlings; this year we cut them down again (three about 20 ft high already) then used a little hatchet I had to chop the stump up a little then dose it with Ortho Brush-B-Gone! Now generally, I resist all chemicals until the Final Call of Damien arrives and THEN I do not hesitate. Spawn of Hell: Be Gone!

Mistakenly, when I asked for this product at the Home Depot, I referred to it as Bush-Be-Gone (but of course, meeting with a blank stare from the clerk) and I realized it was just my wishful thinking about the President…

Working and enjoying my neighbors wonderland then inspired me to go to the Grand Ave. garden center and get me some Porch Flowers, et al. So far, I’ve planted a Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato, a nice cucumber bush and some Pole Beans!


Here is my new favorite plant, Lemon Licorice (Helichrysum petiolare) surrounded by my current WIP, Delilah…

Monday, June 5, 2006

  Monday Morning Mirth  

No Mirth is larger at Chez Chic than the happiness that comes from one’s friends. That joy was in grand supply yesterday in Chicago as I joined my dear friend Diane to celebrate her 1.5 year anniversary of being cancer free, in a Cancer Survivor Walk with thousands of others at the lakefront.


WHAT could be more exciting than a walk along the beauty that is Lake Michigan? Why, for two chic baseball chicks, running into the International Celebrity Spokesperson for the Chicago White Sox, none other than SouthPaw! Here we are surrounded by all His Mighty ginourmous Chartruese goodness!


Our five mile walk started in Grant Park and it wound it’s way around one of the best parts of the lakefront.

It was a clear, warm day and being near the water filled me with happiness like it always does; I saw the faces of courage and determination everywhere I turned, the survivors in purple, their friends and family in white, together, moving in a perfect wave of joy.


At the finish, we were treated to a picnic lunch and entertainment by singers, speakers AND the thrilling marvelous Jesse White Tumblers.

SUMMER now officially begins with a mighty LEAP!


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