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Yearly Essay on Buckthorn

Yearly Essay on Buckthorn  …on the fertile Corn Belt soils, all our oaks are headed for oblivion, except where ecological restoration or other intentional management protects them .Stephen Packard “Interseeding” The Tallgrass Restoration Handbook Edited by Stephen Packard  and Cornelia F. Mutel   Which situation is worse?  Top or bottom photo? Actually, they are both […]

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE? That’s the question that’s been going around the web blogasphere within the past week–I’ve received two of them. This magnificent Black Swallowtail visited my garden yesterday afternoon. This beautiful creature has been visiting my garden for a few days now, but I can’t ID it.  Is it a butterfly […]

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MORE NATIVE MILKWEED

MORE NATIVE MILKWEED   All members of the genus  Asclepias are appealing to Monarch butterflies and caterpillars. Nine species grow in Kane County but only four are available at local nurseries. I’m going to show you six more today.   Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is, by far, the best butterfly attractant.   The dense, domed, […]

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A Walk in the Woods

Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal Mildness! Come.  James Thomson   Spring seems to have finally arrived–at least for this week. March/April flowers just started to bloom the last weekend in April:     Spring Beauty and Toothwort Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is common in woodlands. Clusters of tiny,  pink striped, white petaled flowers form a bountiful […]

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