Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Quote Garden

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

For me, spring means a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. It means unleashed, unlimited potential and possibility, according to Laurie Buchanan.
This spring is full of new and exciting possibilities. Grand ideas and visions for the future.
~Jean Hart

In spring time, love is carried on the breeze. Watch out for flying passion or kisses whizzing by your head. ~ Emma Racine Defleur

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson

All through the long winter, I dream of my garden. On the first day of spring, I dig my fingers deep into the soft earth. I can feel its energy, and my spirits soar. ~ Helen Hayes

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
~ Mark Twain

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~ Henry Van Dyke

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. ~Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" ~Robin Williams

Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer. ~Geoffrey B. Charlesworth

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go. ~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

Hee that is in a towne in May loseth his spring. ~George Herbert

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well. ~Charles Dudley Warner

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn"

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~Ruth Stout

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. ~Proverb

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush. ~Doug Larson

Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. ~W. Earl Hall

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in His heaven -
All's right with the world!
~Robert Browning

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world. ~Virgil A. Kraft

April is a promise that May is bound to keep. ~Hal Borland

Where man sees but withered leaves,
God sees sweet flowers growing.
~Albert Laighton

That God once loved a garden we learn in Holy writ.
And seeing gardens in the Spring I well can credit it.
~Winifred Mary Letts

In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ~Aldo Leopold

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood

Indoors or out, no one relaxes in March, that month of wind and taxes, the wind will presently disappear, the taxes last us all the year. ~Ogden Nash

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant"

Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment. ~Ellis Peters

Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men. ~Chinese Proverb

The naked earth is warm with Spring,
And with green grass and bursting trees
Leans to the sun's kiss glorying,
And quivers in the sunny breeze.
~Julian Grenfell

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. ~Mark Twain

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature's rebirth? ~Edward Giobbi

Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
~Robert Frost

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~Henry Van Dyke

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets

Spring is not the best of seasons.
Cold and flu are two good reasons;
wind and rain and other sorrow,
warm today and cold tomorrow.
~Author Unknown

April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare

Out with the cold, in with the woo. ~E. Marshall, "Spring Thought"

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring. ~Bern Williams

Yesterday the twig was brown and bare;
To-day the glint of green is there;
Tomorrow will be leaflets spare;
I know no thing so wondrous fair,
No miracle so strangely rare.
I wonder what will next be there!
~L.H. Bailey

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. ~Nadine Stair

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! ~Wallace Stevens

The first day of spring was once the time for taking the young virgins into the fields, there in dalliance to set an example in fertility for nature to follow. Now we just set the clocks an hour ahead and change the oil in the crankcase. ~E.B. White, "Hot Weather," One Man's Meat, 1944

Spring in verses,
Verses in spring.
~Violet Gartenlicht

Now every field is clothed with grass, and every tree with leaves; now the woods put forth their blossoms, and the year assumes its gay attire. ~Virgil

First a howling blizzard woke us,
Then the rain came down to soak us,
And now before the eye can focus -
Crocus. ~Lilja Rogers

May is a pious fraud of the almanac. ~James R. Lowell

You can't see Canada across lake Erie, but you know it's there. It's the same with spring. You have to have faith, especially in Cleveland. ~Paul Fleischman

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring. ~Rogers Hornsby

The seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other. ~Arthur Rubenstein

Thank you to Michael Garofalo of The Spirit of Gardening
for sharing some of these quotations!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Newsletter 2011

Spring Planting & Gardening Tips
Start your planting in spring, when the frost thaws off the ground. This gives vegetables, annuals, perennials, and fruit plants and trees a full summer of growing. The last spring frost ranges from April 6 in Cairo to May 13 in Rockford, and dictates your spring planting date. The University of Illinois Extension recommends planting your spring plants two weeks after the last frost.
Prepare you spring planting. This is the time to plant roses, annuals and spring bulbs like glads, anemones and lilies. Plant hardy fruit trees like plums and sour cherries, which will survive the cold winters of Illinois, and plant fruit plants that need a summer of growing, like strawberries, cantaloupe and watermelons. Plant your summertime vegetables at this time as well: tomatoes, peppers, beans, squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
Find a site that gets full sun for at least eight hours every day, along with complete drainage after any watering or rain. Amend the soil in your site to a depth of 4 inches with a mixture that is half organic compost and half quick draining soil, to give plants the right amount of nutrition and drainage. Mix 10-10-10 fertilizer into the top inch of soil to add additional nutrition. Plant the seedlings, plants or bulbs according to their specific depth and spacing needs. Water the garden with 2 inches of water, and put it on a weekly schedule of 2 to 3 inches of water.
Plant short-season vegetables again in mid-summer, three months before the first fall frost date. This gives the plants time to grow to maturity and produce fruit before frost comes. Fall frost dates range from late September to late October in Illinois, so plant your fall vegetable garden in late June to late July. Choose plants that have quick maturity dates like short-season tomatoes, peppers, carrots, lettuce, beans, squash and peas. If you're replanting the garden, amend the soil with compost and fertilizer before you replant.
Plant fall bulbs two weeks before the first frost. This should include daffodils, tulips, crocus and calla lilies. Plant each bulb according to its spacing and depth requirements.
Plant frost-hardy vegetables like potatoes, onions, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, collards, spinach, peas, lettuce, turnips, cauliflower, mustard, parsnips, beets and radishes at the end of winter, two weeks before the last frost, to give them a head start on growing and to provide a mid-summer harvest.
Read more: Planting Schedule for Illinois |

Shrimp Taco’s
• Ingredients
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
• 3 tablespoons milk
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled
• 3 tablespoons butter, melted
• 2 large garlic cloves, minced
• 4 limes, cut into quarters
• kosher salt
• 8 6-inch corn tortillas
• 2 to 3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
• bottled green tomatillo salsa


1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, and cumin. Set aside.
2. Skewer the shrimp. (If using wood skewers, soak them in water for 10 minutes beforehand.) In a small bowl, combine the butter and garlic. Brush the shrimp with the garlic butter.
3. Place the shrimp on grill with the limes. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until the shrimp are opaque and the limes are browned.
4. Remove from grill. Lightly salt the shrimp.
5. Grill the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side, then place inside a paper bag to keep warm.
6. Pull the shrimp off the skewers; divide evenly among the tortillas. Top with the cabbage, sour cream sauce, tomatillo salsa, and a squeeze of grilled lime.
By Jane Kirby, June 2003

“It's fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That's what human life is all about-enjoying things.”

- Julia Child

Local Events :
Vegetable Gardening
Date & Time: March 22, 2011 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Bartlett Public Library
800 S Bartlett RD
Bartlett, IL 60103 (DuPage County)
Master Gardener Paul Stoffels will discuss the basics of vegetable gardening including the preparation of the soil, choosing the right location and selection of plants. To reserve your seat, please call 630-213-5033.
The Herb Patch
Date & Time : March 22, 2011 (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Wheaton Public Library
225 N Cross ST
Wheaton, IL 60187 (DuPage County)
Description Whether you're a new or advanced herb gardener, DuPage County Master Gardener Carol Sherby will be able to offer information useful in the selection, care and uses of a variety of culinary herbs. Come learn how to add some flavor to your garden. Call 630-868-7592 to reserve your spot.
Curb Appeal
Date & Time : April 16, 2011 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Roselle Park District (presented by the Roselle Park District Garden Club)
555 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Roselle, IL 60172 (DuPage County)
Description The experts all agree that curb appeal is one of the most important aspects to consider when selling your home. DuPage County Master Gardener Stephanie Dalton will show you how to bring your yard from drab to WOW -- even if you aren't planning to sell. Call 630-881-1300 to reserve your

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538 Pratt Ave North
Schaumburg, IL 60193

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Corned beef and cabbage recipe

A flavorful crockpot corned beef and cabbage, made with corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.
•6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into thick (about 1/2-inch) slices
•3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
•2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
•1 corned beef brisket, about 3 pounds
•1 cabbage, about 2 pounds
•1/2 teaspoon black pepper
•1 1/2 cups water
Lightly butter or spray a 5 to 6-quart crockpot; layer potato slices over bottom of pot with carrots. Place corned beef on vegetables. Slice cabbage into 8 wedges and arrange around meat. Sprinkle with the pepper and add water. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 7 to 8 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender.
Remove meat to a platter; cover with foil and rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
Corned beef and cabbage recipe serves 8.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pet Photo Contest Spring 2011

Who's that Doggie in the window?
Do you have a cute photo of your pet in the window? If so please sent it to us: