Through the Year 2015

Through the Year 2015

front steps in snow

Front steps after a fresh snow  January 2015

forced hyacinth

I forced Dutch Hyacinths for winter bloom.  This is February.


winter aconite

March 2015  Winter Aconite (Eranthus hymelis) blooms even earlier than Snowdrops.  A member of the Buttercup family, they increase freely, making a welcome patch of gold in late winter. They like winter sun and summer shade.  (They are native to Europe, from France to Bulgaria.)


prairie smoke buds

April 2015  Probably my favorite flower–Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) growing next to my south  sidewalk where it gets full sum all day.


savanna island  May

May 2015  My savanna island with Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) and Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadense) in bloom. It gets shade in morning, sun in afternoon.

white wild indigo

June 2015  White Wild Indigo (Baptisia leucantha) is an elegant showy plant.  Its tall spikes of waxy white pea blossoms bloom from early June until early July on smooth purple-green stems that rise above the open shrublike plant in my west side sidewalk garden.

pale purple coneflower

July 2015 The narrow, reflexed, pale pink petals of Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) bloom from mid-June through mid-July in my front parkway in all day full sun.  It grows up to 40” tall.

front stairs sept

September– same photo as January.  Showy Black-eyed  Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa), Prairie Baby’s Breath (Euphorbia corollata), and Rough Blazing Star (Liatris aspera) bloom within a matrix of Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolis heterolepis), also in bloom, on the south side of my house in all day full sun.

Oct grass west parkway

October.  Tawny shades of fall: copper, apricot, honey, and burnt-sienna in my new bed in my west side parkway:  Prairie Dropseed, Culver’s Root, Wild Geranium, and Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum leave) are colorful now.    This bed gets mid-day full sun.

grass, wild geranium colorful leaves, nov

November  The coppery blades of Prairie Dropseed combine beautifully with the ruby leaves of Wild Geranium in my new garden next to the sidewalk on the west side of my house.  Full afternoon sun.

Snow & Redbud pods

December A heavy snowfall outlines the branches of my Redbud (Cercis canadensis) that grows over my patio.

Happy New Year to all.

Resolve to plant more native plants in your yard this year.


7 Responses to Through the Year 2015

  1. Patty January 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    A great suggestion for a New Year’s Resolution–one that is doable and lasts throughout the year as your photos illustrate!

  2. Pat Hill January 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Why hasn’t anyone commented on this post?

  3. Suzanne Massion January 5, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

    I will Pat. I especially love the summer and winter images of your front steps with the hand rail on one side. The contrast of the seasons is so evident in the two views. They show the magic of living in northern Illinois, even though we often rail against it. …..and the days are already getting longer.

  4. Jason January 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Beatiful images. I especially like the prairie smoke and the pale purple coneflower.

  5. Pat January 6, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    It’s fun to see the same plants from the identical vantage point in each season.

  6. JoAnn January 7, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Beautiful march through the year. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Jeannie Davis Barry March 4, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    Love your garden pictures through the year. I picked up your book “Natural Midwest Garden” a couple of years ago to use for ideas on what to plant in an urban habitat garden in Chicago. Great stuff, I like to recommend it to others when they ask about my garden.
    I also have been looking at the prairie dropseed pictures and showing them to a friend on facebook. I think some photos were first posted by Wild Ones or maybe the Illinois Botanizer. I love prairie dropseed and have been growing some each year from seed. I like the purple coneflowers with the grass in your picture and would love to see a winter shot. Thanks for sharing your experience and your own garden.

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