More Winter Scene

I am so thrilled with the all the reader participation in my blog that added new information about persistent winter leaves. That makes this a truly interactive site. So, please, please, keep it coming.

And I have one more participant–Jack Shouba, botanist, instructor at Morton Arboretum, and photographer sent this stunning photograph of Hop Hornbeam(Ostrya virginiana) that he took at Starved Rock. Hop Hornbeam (or Ironwood) is another tree that holds its leaves all winter, adding delight and interest to the landscape. Hop Hornbeam is a common understory tree in oak woodlands. It can also be grown in the home landscape in sun or shade. A graceful small tree, it grows 20-30? tall and wide. Josh Arrigoni mentioned this tree in the previous communication.

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3 Responses to More Winter Scene

  1. Susan Spengler-Abell December 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm #


    I have no gardening information to share as the other reader did, but what I do want to share with you is how much I enjoy your blog. I joined your chapter last year and have learned so much since then. I have two acres east of Lyle on Highland and my dream is to make it as native as I can. I’m looking forward to purchasing your book after the holidays.

    Thanks for all you do!

  2. Suzanne Poursine Massion December 30, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    Pat, it has taken me a while to make time for a reply to your wonderful web site and e-mailed images. The photos are so helpful to me in recognizing plants already in place on our conservation easement and possible new ones to encourage. i recall Jack Shouba touring our 7 acres a few years ago. He picked up acorn caps and identified the oak they came from! Previously under your “Prairie Dropseed”, along with envying that glorious native that we lack as yet, I think I recognized an image 4th up from the bottom. Is that a view of the terraced landscape of River Park in Geneva? I have painted a whole body of work around that wonderful little piece of rescued land. Your web site is one of the most informative on Illinois native plants I have expierenced. The fact that you value the winter landscape is icing on the cake. I have always loved painting winter views, although it takes a special art collector to purchase them. I am very much lookung forward to the art sale and fund raiser we are planning next year for the “Wild Ones”. By the way, do you have an image of the Black Haw? I think we have these shrubs naturally as understory out in the savanna, but have not been able to get a possitive identification. I look forward to new stuff from you next year. Thhanks for including me.

    • PatHill December 30, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

      Such kind word, Suzanne–thank you.

      Yes, that is indeed the River Walk in Geneva- a stunning use of native plants. As for the Black Haw, those are the pictures that I used on my Christmas Card blog–snow-covered in winter and covered with white blossoms in May-June. You might have those or perhaps you have Hawthorns. I’d be delighted to come out to your place when they are in bloom and perhaps I can identify them.

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