A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

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It’s Native Plant Sale Time!

Get your shopping list together Chicagoland: it’s time for the annual Native Plant Sale this weekend, May 8-9 at Lake County Forest Preserve’s Independence Grove in Libertyville! About a 30- to 40-minute drive from Chicago, Independence Grove is located about 2-1/2 miles west of I-94 on Buckley Road (Route 137). Sale hours are 9 am…

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Springtime!

The garden is starting to wake up and I’m looking forward to planting season next month. The plants I added to the parkway in front of the house are starting to peek through, but I think it will still be a while before they fill in. We made an early purchase last week and added…

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The Late Summer Garden

I don’t think I’ve posted anything about the garden since May when I planted my new purchases. I guess all the excitement of the attic renovation took precedence. I really haven’t done much all summer in the garden because of the reno, and some of the plants have taken advantage of that. I’m going to…

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The Backyard is Smokin’

It’s so nice to finally start working outside again. Pete just dragged out the Adirondack chairs, so I’m ready to soak in some morning sunshine and cool breezes. The backyard, between the house and garage, has filled in the most overall since we started planting last year. Most of the arborvitae (background) are doing well,…

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The Mighty Oak

On Saturday, my sister-in-law, niece and I trekked up to Libertyville for the Lake County Native Plant Sale. Because they only allow a certain number of people inside at one time, I wanted to get there early. We arrived about 15 minutes before it opened but we still weren’t among the first group and had…

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Native Speaking

Attention all Chicago-area gardeners! Lake County Forest Preserve’s 12th Annual Native Plant Sale takes place this weekend, May 9-10 at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Despite the construction on the I-94 tollway expansion project, it’s an easy drive from the city to Route 137 (Buckley Road). Drive west a few miles to the Independence Grove entrance,…

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Dog Days of Summer

We’ve been lying low lately and not working on many projects, per se. Pete finally hooked up the rain barrels, now that it’s almost the end of summer. We had been holding off on those because we were going to build something to elevate the barrels so the water would have better flow. We aren’t…

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Bloomin’ Good

Currently in bloom at Bungalow Chronicles — each one native to all or most of the lower 48 states and Canada: Kalm’s St. John’s Wort (Hypericum kalmianum) Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Prairie (or Tall) Cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta); also native to Alaska

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Garden Spaces

As you’ve probably read or heard, when planning outdoor spaces it’s nice to incorporate different “rooms” depending on how you want to use them. While the bulk of our outdoor entertaining will be centered around the patio, it’s also out in the open for everyone to see (until our shrubs grow big enough) and it…

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Plant Sale

Over the weekend I stocked up on a bunch of great native plants at the Lake County Forest Preserve District Native Plant Sale. The event took place Saturday and Sunday at Independence Grove in Libertyville, which is a beautiful place to go for biking, kayaking or hanging out.— I’ve never been there before, but would…

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