Through the Year 2016
January My Street Corner–I do love winter’s long blue shadows.
Late February-Early March The catkins of American Hazelnut (Corylus americana), formed last summer, elongate and spill their golden pollan, showy in the still drab landscape.
In March, Sharp-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica acutiloba) is the first to bloom in my patio garden. It pushes up new blossoms through a tuft of last year’s foliage, now wine colored.
It is followed by Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense) along with the ubiquitous, non-native Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica).
April brings more woodland wildflowers. Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucularia) blooms amongst the stunning Bloodroot foliage. Ephemerals, they emerge, bloom, set seed, then die back, flower and foliage; not to be seen again until the following spring.
June–Eastern Beebalm (Monarda bradburiana) is a recent introduction to midwestern gardens. Native to the lower midwest and southeast, its low-growing stature and attractiveness to pollinators has made it extremely popular. I planted some in my west side gardens and, as you can see, they are spectacular. Growing 18”–24” tall, they thrive in sun or part shade.
July–One never gets tired of Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), the heart of every midwest garden.
August–Difference between my front yard and the rest of the block. Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. speciosa), Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata), and Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis) are in bloom in this garden.
Asters dominate the September-October gardens with glorious lavenders, pinks, white, and royal purple. Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum leave) and New England Aster (S. noveae-angliae) are pictured.
October Mixture of the colorful leaves of Wild Gooseberry (Ribes missouriense) in foreground and American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) in the background.
October my Red Oak (Quercus rubra) just beginning to color,
10/31 Tigger came to my house to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween
November The 4-8’ tall, majestic copper Big Bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) always stands tall and straight.
Oddly, I did not take any photographs of my gardens last December. So, instead, I am sending a special photo sent to me from Door County from my friend, Pat G;
One of the school houses at The Clearing Folk Art School. They have wonderful classes. On the campus there are many maples, beech and birch trees along with the pines and cedars. Also, there are some stunning views of Green Bay from the bluffs which are part of the Niagara Escarpment.
A special place…
Happy New Year to all.