Well...it is more like *I'm* glad you're here. I'm Jake Parrillo and I'm a novice gardener. This is one of my little spots on the Web. Hornbeam Hill is the name of my garden in Downers Grove, Illinois. I started working the garden at Hornbeam Hill in May of 2017. That was while our house was being built. That didn't stop us from planting a few trees including this Dawn Redwood on Earth Day 2017.
This place is designed to show all the little steps we're taking to make Hornbeam Hill a garden we love. It is a little bit of 'progress' every day - or every time we step into the yard.
I try to document seasonal changes, year-over-year differences, new additions to the landscape and A LOT of inspiration and ideas that I'd like to implement in our garden. I post them over on my blog under the tag [garden diary]. You can keep up with the very latest in plantings, tweaks, improvements and the occasional garden fail (ok...more like *regular* garden fail) via the feed below:
I've been growing Sweet Potato Vines in our pots and containers for more than ten years. They're the 'spill' in the fill/thrill/spill trilogy and because of their price (cheap) and reliability (grow well even if I ignore them), they usually make the cut. We have two different vines in two different large containers (wine barrels) and they are both flowering. I posted this photo initially over at my link blog.
Here's a look at both wine barrels. You can spot flowers on both.
They say the flowers resemble Morning Glories. And they're, apparently rare. From this post on the Walden Effect: It turns out that sweet potato flowers are extremely unusual, and are actually in pretty high demand. Since sweet potatoes are propagated vegetatively, it's hard to develop new varieties. Blooms add an element of randomness to the plant's reproduction --- a lot of the seeds will probably turn into shoddy or mediocre plants, but one of the seeds might just turn o…