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Snow Catchers

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 […]

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Where is Jack Frost?

Where is Jack Frost? He is late–in previous years, he always came around 8 October, my mother-in-law’s birthday. Actually, it’s not Jack Frost that causes leaves to turn color. What causes leaves to turn color in the fall?   Shorter day lengths and cooler temperatures trigger the leaves to discontinue the production of chlorophyll, allowing […]

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Eye-catching August-September Berries of Herbaceous Plants

Eye-catching Late Summer-early Fall Berries of Herbaceous Plants.   The deep blue berries of  Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum canaliculatum)  dangle from a gracefully arched stem beginning in late summer.  It is common in woodlands, along roadsides, under telephone wires,  in fencerows, woodland edges, under open grown trees and in thickets. (Swink & Wilhelm Plants of the […]

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Late Summer Prairie Garden

  Rough Liatris and Showy Goldenrod make a striking late summer combination.  The blossoms of Rough Liatris (Liatris aspera) begin to open at the top of the stem in mid to late August and continue with a spectacular show well into September.  Its flower tufts spill out of  the large cups arranged in an open […]

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Eye-catching Late Summer-early Fall Berries of Herbaceous Plants

Eye-catching Late Summer-early Fall Berries of Herbaceous Plants. The deep blue berries of  Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum canaliculatum)  dangle from a gracefully arched stem beginning in late summer.  It is common in woodlands, along roadsides, under telephone wires,  in fencerows, woodland edges, under open grown trees and in thickets. (Swink & Wilhelm Plants of the Chicago […]

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Late Summer Berries

  Late Summer Berries Unlike the most commonly planted exotic shrubs such as lilac, forsythia, and spirea, our native shrubs bear bountiful crops of berries in late summer or early fall.  The colorful fruit is a delightful feature in itself, but even better, it attracts a myriad of fruit-eating birds.  Birds need a diet of […]

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