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Robins are Back! Spring is here!

A robin! Robins are back!  Spring is here! Well, not exactly, even if we are going to have spring-like weather this coming week. We assume that all robins fly south in the fall, but some linger here all winter, particularly the males.  (They want to be the first ones here in the spring to claim […]

Prairie Grasses in Winter

During winter the winds come in crisp and invigorating from across the prairies.  At this season of the year the landscape assumes a dreary look to many who do not understand.  But to others, when the gray arms of the cottonwood are illuminated by the January sun and silhouetted against the blue sky, when sleeping […]

More Winter Interest:Persistant Leaves

  More Winter Interest Persistent Leaves Some deciduous trees (mostly oaks) hang on to their brown crackly leaves all winter, not dropping them until spring. 12/27/2010  Lord’s Park Lagoon.   White Oak (Quercus alba) hangs unto its leaves through the winter when it is young, but as it ages, the leaves fall off in autumn. […]

Merry Christmas

Christmas  Card 2014 O, Wind, if Winter comes, Can Spring be far behind? Percy Bysshe Shelly  God Bless us all, Everyone. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Pat Hill

So long, January 2014

So long, January 2014 We had a Wolf Full Moon on Jan.15 and a Sundog on Jan. 27. Sundog Jan  27, 2014         Photo by Ben Schwarz  Chicago has had 48.6 inches of snow this winter as of 1/31/14 compared with last winter of 2012-2013 of only  30.1” for the whole season.  […]

Best Prairie Plants for Winter Gardens

The photos (of your gardens through the year)  make me yearn for the garden- yet, remind me that this is the season to rest, recuperate, dream and enjoy the beauty of what I see covered in snow. Jean Muntz Best Prairie Plants for Winter Gardens My Front Yard Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Purple Coneflower  […]

Winter is dragging on, isn’t it?

Winter is dragging on, isn’t it? Let’s see what’ was in bloom on Feb. 18.   Feb 18.  American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) catkins and Pussy Willow (Salix discolor) branches cut and brought into the house a week before.     Feb 18  Wild Stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) is our area’s only sedum.   In nature  it […]

Winter Views

Out of the bosom of the Air,  Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken, Over the woodlands brown and bare, Over the harvest-fields forsaken,   Silent and soft and slow   Descends the snow.  Ralph Waldo Emerson    Winter Views  At last!  Snow!  I visited some friends last Thursday, the day after our first […]