Through the Year 2011 in My Garden




JANUARY  I neglected to take any pictures at my house last January, so I’m showing you a  photograph of June’s stone stairway that I did take.

Last year, in February, I  featured the grass, stone, and snow of the Geneva Riverwalk, but if you have a slope on your own property, you can create the same exquisite combination.



FEBRUARY American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) catkins outdoors.  Note long, blue shadows on the snow.




FEBRUARY  Forced Hazelnut catkins and Pussy Willow in my dining room.




MARCH  American Hazelnut catkins in bloom.  These golden catkins would not be noticed in later spring amongst all the colorful flowering shrubs, but in March, it is welcome indeed.  It used to be common in oak savannas and woodlands, but I have never seen one in the wild.  Fortunately, they are readily available in commerce.


EARLY APRIL Bloodroot (Sangunaria canadensis)–occasionally these will start to bloom at the end of March.  An ephemeral, plant it under deciduous shade trees along with other early-blooming woodland wildflowers.




LATE MAY  Wild Geranium  (Geranium maculum) and Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides)–a lovely combination in open woods or woodland borders.


EARLY JUNE  White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha) and Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis) in full sun in my west side garden.







EARLY JULY  Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Prairie Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata), and Purple Prairie Clover (Petalostemon purpureum) in my front parkway garden–all need well-drained soil.





EARLY AUGUST  Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii) and other yellow daisies dominate the landscape now.  Bright white Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata) makes a dazzling combination.







EARLY SEPTEMBER PARKWAY  Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata) sashay through my front parkway garden, popping up here and there amongst the Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), Aromatic Aster, (Aster oblongifolius), Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepsis).  Full sun, well-drained soil. This garden is also pictured in July.



LATE SEPTEMBER  The stems and leaves of Prairie Baby’s Breath turn to bright coral, a stunning contrast to the lavender-blue Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis).  Well-drained soil, full to part sun.


EARLY OCTOBER  The blossoms of Bluestem Goldenrod match the golden October leaves of the Redbud.  Part to full shade.



LATE OCTOBER  The first Buckeye I have ever seen lands on the still-blooming Aromatic Aster.






EARLY NOVEMBER  My patio is still attractive in its late autumn, golden-green dress.  The sedge growing in the cracks between the stones is Sprengell’s Sedge or Long-beaked Sedge (Carex sprengellii).  It likes full or partial shade and moist soil.














Snce we have no snow, this is the best I can do for December.





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