We’re in Chicago (for both work and pleasure) and it’s a beautiful city. I think it may have become my favourite American city almost overnight. The parks are beautiful, the architecture is amazing, the pancakes are huge and the downtown area is littered with these little garden oasis. They are different for every street. Some have ornamental Cabbage, some chrysanthemums and pansy, while others, like this one I spotted on Michigan Avenue have gone for the tiny allotment look with this Ruby Chard. It makes a great colour splash in the wet weather. There are also pumpkins outside almost every front door, and ornamental gourds made into wreaths and candle holders (in one shop). It’s all very wintry and lovely! Now where are my pumpkin seeds?