Category Archives: Illinois

Tiny Predator

A tiny beneficial wasp who’s name I’m not positive of. I did a search on the internet and came up with –Ichneumon Wasp (Ichneumonidae). She’s about as long as my pinky fingernail or 6mm ( I don’t have long fingernails).
They are harmless to us but deadly to the cabbage worms and aphids that eat my perennials!
To me, the insects are just as interesting as the flowers! 
Go here to see the opposite end of the scale for black wasps in my garden -> Giant Black Wasp

A Rose Remembered

Jeanne La Joie

My favorite little rose. Jeanne La Joie is a nice hardy, miniature climbing rose. 
She blooms all summer, with at least two major flushes, first in early summer and the second late summer/early fall, with sporadic blooms in between, up until freezing weather hits. 
With our mild temps through most of fall and into winter, I had blooms up until early December! 
She is a good little climber for Zones 5a – 10b.and grows anywhere from 4 – 10 feet tall.

Sign of a plant hoarder?

Most people, when they move to a new house, take with them their furniture, china and other household possessions. I made sure all my favorite plants came with me.

An assortment of trees, shrubs and perennials, waiting for spring and a spot in a new flowerbed.