Wild Ones’ Woodland Wildflower Walk
It was a cold and cloudy spring day with threat of more rain–maybe the coldest day of this unusually warm spring. But, undaunted, more than 40 people turned out to attend Northern Kane County Wild Ones’ first native garden tour of the season and plant exchange. We we not disappointed. Karen, a self-taught naturalist and innate designer, had turned a disastrous creekside property into a nature paradise in 11 years.
Following the sidewalk from the driveway to the backyard and patio that overlooks the creek.
First view of the back yard. Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) and Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata) bloom among Penn Sedge (Carex pensylvanica) and Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense).
Stone bench against a background of Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris).
For a smaller property, one can use native shade plants next to an east or north-facing foundation of a building. This is Blue Cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), faced down with Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata). Great Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum canaliculatum) grows at the corner.
Native plant exchanges benefit everyone.