2017 Looks Promising

We know the story can change, but this looks like a great year for gardening. So much is happening I just had to send out a newsletter.

The Winter Was Mild

Because of the weather, I was gardening here in Ohio during months that are usually locked up in a deep freeze. How about you?

It has jumpstarted my gardening year, and there are lots of new articles on my sites.
Something about being out in the yard synchronizes with my joy in writing about it.

New Pages

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What might we see in 2017?

More insects are likely when temperatures have been as warm as this year. 
Fruit production is forecast to be fine, if we return to more normal seasonal temperatures.  Grapes and most peaches need 600 hours, while apples and blueberries need about 1,200 hours.


On the Journal

Ilona's Garden Journal moved from Blogger and has many changes. The pages will continue to be updated, now that the transfer and look is completed. New posts like those above. 


Captured the sights of Franklin Conservatory's latest exhibits. They have the Butterflies, but the newest thing is a number of clever Fairy Gardens using repurposed containers. 

If you can't visit in person, see my instagram pictures.

Tools Take Spotlight

This Month

As soon as we start working, tools take our attention. Cleaning and sharpening, perhaps rethinking what we need.

I don't have the arm strength I once did, and now I'm in the market for a lopper with gears. Make a list before you shop, if you need more or better tools.

Cool Stuff

I started using Flipboard and I like it. Check me out on there. Not real active yet, but it has been fun.


All year long the site is undergoing changes. From colors to photos, to navigating the site, to updating old links. Last year I decided it was better going forward to just make the changes, even though it gives the site some hiccups ( to put it mildly).

If you haven't visited in awhile, see if it is better for you and contact me if you have suggestions.

Blooming Now

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn' is always one of my earliest bloomers, as well as the Lonicera fragrantissima, which is also in flower now.

Keep Reading


In the next newsletter,  the recipe feature will return. More about the Garden Journal, and happenings elsewhere online.

I always welcome comments and participation on my Ilona's Garden Facebook Page.


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