For Everything There is a Season

For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Ecclesiastes  3:1

This is a pictorial record of  my prairie gardens at the corner of my front  and side yard, overlooking the intersection.  Spring is coming, and so is Summer, Autumn, and then Winter again, each with its own weather, plants, and pleasures.  We have rain, we have snow, we have wind, we have sun–I’m overjoyed to live in a 4-season climate.

March 2014  today.  The snow is still deep and, more importantly, still white and still incredibly beautiful.  Many of the grasses and forbs have, however, been knocked down and buried by the  snow.

April 2012    Shooting Star (Dodecatheon media) and Prairie Smoke (Geum trifolium) begin their long period of bloom from mid-April until mid-June or even longer.

 May 2010  Shooting Star and Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum)

June 2009  Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha),  and  Foxglove Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis).

July 2010  Pale Purple Coneflower (Ehcinacea pallida), Wild Quinine (Parthenium  integrifolium), Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and Stiff Coreopsis ( Coreopsis palmata).


August 2013 Wild Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) foliage in foreground, Showy Black-eyed-Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii) and Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata)  in parkway.

September  2012  Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis), Stiff Goldenrod (Solidago rigida), and Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans) in west parkway.


October 2012  Indian Grass (Sorghastrum nutans), Heath Aster (Aster ericoides), Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis), and Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata).

Nov 2012  The chocolate brown seed head candelabras of Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum  virginicum) stand out in the fall and winter garden.

December 2013

At Christmas I no more desire a rose

      Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;

      But like of each thing that in season grows.

 William Shakespeare

Love’s Labour’s Lost


 January 2005–taken 9 years ago–there was more Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) in that area then there is now; it seems to have migrated from the top of the shallow slope to the bottom next to the sidewalk.   The copper-colored blades show off brilliantly against the alabaster snow.

February 2013  Much less snow than this year.

The rhythm of the cosmos is something we cannot get away from without bitterly impoverishing our lives.  …we are cut off from the great sources to our inward nourishment and renewal, sources which flow eternally in the universe.

 D. H. Lawrence

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13 Responses to For Everything There is a Season

  1. june keibler March 4, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    Nothing is more beautiful than your yard. I wish I could create the same beauty here. So lovely.

    • PatHill March 4, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      June, i could take 12 pictures in 12 months in your entry and front yard garden and come up with 12 beautiful photographs.

  2. Kathy Haben March 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Love looking at your yard, no matter what season! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Medina Gross March 4, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    Wonderful! thanks for sharing your inspiring pictures.

  4. Monica March 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm #

    So lovely, Pat! I hope to be able to create such beauty on the North Side of Chicago and nearby suburbs in the years ahead. You and your book are among the inspiring forces behind my new company!

  5. Monica J March 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh, thanks for this reminder. This winter seems unending and it was great to see your garden blooming from past years! I miss seeing green so badly it’s hard to imagine it will be green again … or so it seems today with the drifts over my head and it being MARCH which spring should be apparent by now!

  6. Mary Navin March 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    Such a treat to view all four seasons. Thanks for sharing your remarkeable garden..

  7. Suzanne Massion March 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    Pat, this might be my favorite of all your blog entries. The changing of the seasons in the same plot of ground draws me like a magnet. Your garden is the last word of what can be done in a small yard. Then you included Lawrence,Shakespeare, and Ecclesiastes…. well, just divine.

  8. Jean Muntz March 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm #


    Thank you for the reminder that the next season is due soon! We can be patient a little longer.

  9. Carol Rauschenberger March 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

    Thanks for putting a happy face on this winter. My prairie plants are also poking up through several feet of snow…

  10. PATTY March 5, 2014 at 11:46 am #


  11. Ginger Duncan March 7, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    Hi Pat! I just love seeing all the beautiful pictures of your yard. It is so nice to see green, we are all going to really appreciate Spring when it shows up this year. I’m with you, I love the 4 Seasoons:)

  12. Rommy Lopat March 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    What a wonderful chronology. I really enjoyed looking at your “parkway” prairie…

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