The Charmed Garden

From Planning to Planting, and from Harvest to Table.




At least that’s what I was told when I was little. As  a consolation for a rainy day in April, we would have bright blooms in May. This week in Chicagoland we had warm sun one day and an ice storm the next. I did not pay as close attention as I usually do to the weather and some herbs pots, seedlings, and pansies were beat hard by the hail. Ice Chunks in April!!!

Author: Laurine M. Byrne

I received my certification as a Landscape Designer from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and I received my horticulture education through classes at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois and through the master gardener program at Univ of Illinois Extension. In my designs, I love mixing veggies and herbs with native perennials and flowering bushes as you can see from the pictures of my own yard. I love creating gardens for people who like to garden, not just installing traditional landscaping, but actually creating gardens that the homeowner connects to personally. I love that my clients who thought they couldn't grow anything now have green thumbs, because all it takes is the right plant in the right site. And I really love that my clients become my friends in the process of creating their gardens.


  1. Great post!


  2. Oh no! That’s awful! A little closer to the city we didn’t get hail, but all this dreary grey weather is making me worried my seedlings aren’t getting enough sunlight.


    • Well take heart because the sun is on it’s way. A south facing window will perk your seedlings right up AND
      Good News – my pansies survived and are looking perky. I’m putting them in a proper home today. As for the seedlings, I made the mistake of trying to tip the pot to dump out the ice balls. The dirt followed the balls. As for the rest of the seedling pots I gingerly picked out the little balls of ice and put the pots on my dryer. So far so good. Good luck with your seedlings and your garden 🙂

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