Catching up: Chicago Trip for Garden Bloggers

Reader, let me be the first to apologize for leaving you turning in the wind, without ballast, these last few weeks. I know, I KNOW! It’s prime gardening season and I have been MIA. Sorry. So sorry. We all get busy busy this time of the year. Seems we always go from a frosty standstill to 100 miles an hour overnight. Just a month ago, it was 27 on a Tuesday night and the next Monday registered 94 degrees. This is why it’s called the Wild Wild West.

Top it off with a pollen count of 360 a couple weeks ago and yours truly couldn’t take it another minute. Long story short, I’ve been under the weather, and mostly under the radar. But I have some garden snaps to share with you.

First up, I crawled onto an airplane on May 28th for the trip to Chicago. I was lucky enough to attend the first annual Garden Bloggers’ Spring Fling in Austin last April. It was decided then, to meet up in Chicago in 2009. Meet up we did, all 51 of us. (Blotanical shows 600+ gardeners, I don’t know how many in the US).

We were squired around and hosted by the Chicago Botanic Gardens, saw Rick Bayless’s garden, the Lurie at Millenium Park, conservatories, and private gardens. Here are some photos and comments on Rick Bayless’s garden.

Rick's outdoor kitchen, used for filming Mexico, One Plate at a Time

Rick's outdoor kitchen, used for filming Mexico, One Plate at a Time

They grow $20K of salad greens for the restaurants, HERE.

They grow $20K of salad greens for the restaurants, HERE.

From the back of the garden looking toward Rick's house.

From the back of the garden looking toward Rick's house.

View from the porch, cucumbers are started in the center of these laundry dollies.

View from the porch, cucumbers are started in the center of these laundry dollies.

Another view of the cool back screen door, vintage bread door handle

Another view of the cool back screen door, vintage bread sign/door handle

Lush ornamental plantings for relaxing in the garden

Lush ornamental plantings for relaxing in the garden

Brilliant~!Grapes trained onto garage roof to save space and to get plenty of sunshine.

Brilliant~!Grapes trained onto garage roof to save space and to get plenty of sunshine.

Next: the incredible Lurie Garden at Millenium Park.