Through the Year 2012 at my House

Through the Year 2012 at My House

  January 12, 2012   My front sidewalk edged with snow-covered Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis)

*The lowest temperature of the year was 5 degreespastedGraphic_1.pdf above (recorded on Jan. 15th, 19th and 20th)

February 9, 2012   My front street corner.

February 23, 2012   Patio through my studio window.

*We did not have a sub-zero day in 2012, only the 13th time that’s ever happened in Illinois.

*The 2011-2012 winter was the 9th warmest on record.

March 17, 2012  Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) in bloom on my birthday in my savanna garden.  These have never bloomed this early before during the time that  I have been keeping garden records, beginning in 1963.  Since 2000, my Bloodroot have begun to bloom in March only three times:  3/25 in 2000, 3/27 in 2004, and n 3/26 in 2007.

*March 2012 broke the month’s record for most 80-degree days in a row at eight days. March demolished the previous record, which was two days in 1986.

*March 14th through 22nd broke nine straight consecutive records for daily high temperatures.

*March’s average temperature was 53.5 degrees, which is 15.6 degrees above normal.

April 14, 2012  Shooting Star (Dodecatheon media) next to my front walk.

May 4, 2012  Savanna island in my back yard with Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) and Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides).


June 23, 2012  Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium), Stiff Coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata), and Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in my front yar

July 17, 2012  This is what my lawn looked like on my parkway in the terrible drought we had last summer.  The alien Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis) cannot survive without supplementary water, while the native Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis), dotted throughout the lawn, is thriving.

July 22, 2012.  Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) and Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii) are flourishing despite the drought.  The watering can is used to water pots.

  Aug 8, 2012  Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata) and Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii) in my entrance garden.

*Every month from January to August had above normal temperatures.

Sept. 15, 2012  Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago regida), Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis), and New England Aster (Aster novae-angliae) on my west parkway.


October 3, 2012.  My west side gardens in their autumn dress.

November 11, 2012  This Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepsis) has a redder tint than most others have.

December 31, 2012  I have been waiting in vain all month to take a picture of fresh snow in my gardens for my December photo.

According to  Tim McGill’s Weather World, we have only had .9” of snow so far this winter–the average is 9.3”.  So I am including a photo of my Christmas table with it’s large collection of  little snow-covered, bottlebrush evergreen trees.

*This is the 310th consecutive day on which Chicago’s high temperature rose to at least 32 degrees, surpassing the long-standing record of 308 days above 32 degrees in 1878.   *The year’s cumulative precipitation is at (24.76 inches), which is much below the average of (35.01)  That’s nearly 2 feet less than normal.

The weather statistics in italics within the blog and the ones directly above were taken from The Chicago Tribune Weather Center.       I wanted to show you, once again, that it is possible to grow native plant gardens in a typical city llot,  These photos were all taken at my house on my 50’ X 120’ lot.

Happy New Year to All!

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8 Responses to Through the Year 2012 at my House

  1. Barb Glassel January 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Thank you for your beautiful review of the past year, and best wishes for another interesting year to come!

  2. John Mullins January 1, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Thanks for the pictorial review of 2012.

    Beautiful, informational, educational, and to the naysayers, supportive of climate concerns.
    Wow, 50 years of record keeping!!

    Hope you are well.

  3. Marcia Rossi January 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Thanks for showing me the possibilities for my own yard. May 2013 bring more native yards to all neighborhoods.
    The best of blooms and greatest of grasses to you in the coming year. You inspire!

  4. chris darbo January 2, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    Thanks for a beautiful year! (heterolepis, please, for 2013)

    • Pat Hill January 2, 2013 at 8:35 am #

      I’ve been saying and writing heterolepsis for 15 years, Chris–I’m not sure I can change. But I’ll try.

  5. chris darbo January 2, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I get that! Maybe spellcheck? Happy New Year!

  6. sue January 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Bring on the snow!! Great pictures, I love Prairie drop seed in all seasons. Happy New Year Pat and keep bringing us the ideas and pictures.

  7. Karen Sauter January 26, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden pics and comments throughout the year.

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