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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Naperville Gardener – It’s January…. Time to make a New Year’s resolution


My resolution is attainable. I am going to have touches of nature throughout my home in a subtle, well-curated manner. We all need nature and well-chosen houseplants fill that need. There was a time when I had too many houseplants. They blocked almost every window and took up almost every flat surface. The moment I realized I was out of control was when my grandson opened the refrigerator, saw the glass of fresh parsley and said, “Wow, Grandma! You even have plants in your refrigerator!”

With houseplants being so available – in our grocery stores, big box stores and local nurseries – as well as being so affordable, they should be in every home. Try a peace lily (spathiphyllum) that does a great job of cleaning the air. You can find them as huge floor plants or in little three-inch pots. Air plants are easy and small. I was given one last July that is tucked into a seashell. Once a week I plop it in a little bowl of water for twenty minutes and it’s doing great! Aloes and other succulents are good choices, too.

In the winter, I don’t fertilize. I fill my watering can with filtered water from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Water before noon and your plants will thank you.
Next time you’re out shopping, stop by the floral department. You’ll be delighted at the variety of houseplants. Blooming or not, stately or cascading—the choices are endless. Take one home with you and enjoy it.

News from Naperville Garden Club

Our next meeting will be Wed., Feb. 22, 2023, and we invite you to attend our program at no charge. We will have our business meeting prior to the program, so come at 10:15AM and the program will begin at 10:30AM. Dr. Trent Ford, Illinois State Climatologist, will be teaching us practical ways to help our environment, especially concerning climate change.

We usually meet at the Municipal Center, but in February and March, we will meet at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, lower level. We do require that you register by Mon., Feb. 20, so that we’ll have enough seating. RSVP to Barbara at (630) 650-4405 or barbhiner@comcast.net.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Marilyn Krueger
Marilyn Kruegerhttp://www.napervillegardenclub.org
Marilyn Krueger is an avid local gardener and member of the Naperville Garden Club.