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Spring Begins

MARCH Spring Begins March is the drabbest month of the year in the Midwest.  The snow has melted revealing vast expanses of brown grass and a winter’s accumulation of trash that’s been hidden beneath its white blanket.  March is completely unpredictable—warm and sunny in the 50’s or even 70’s one day, cold and raw the […]

A Taste of Spring

A Taste of Spring Last Friday was unseasonably warm, but with wind gusts so strong, one could not go outside to enjoy the warmth.  All the snow melted, however;  and the ground dried up considerately.  I went for a walk on Saturday, and saw no signs of Spring, but my daughter sent this to me […]

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 […]

Harbingers of Spring

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet, If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate, If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun  And crocus fires are kindling one by one: sing robin, sing; I am sore in doubt concerning Spring.  Christina Rossetti  Spring Begins  March is the drabbest month of the year in […]


Trout Lilies In 1957, we purchased our 3/4 acre lot in Century Oaks for $2700.00.   We put $100.00 down and paid $100 a month thereafter until it we paid it off in 26 months.  The Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in the center of the picture was also in the center of the back lot […]

April Activities

Spring Begins April Activities  How to conduct a prairie garden controlled burn.  Friday, April 11, 2014  Last fall  Send application to the Illinois EPA.  Check. Several months later:  Application returned, giving permission.  Check. March:  Send application to City of Elgin.  Check April:  City application not returned yet. April 4     E-mail Sandra Taylor, asking […]

Spring is Coming

How this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away!  William Shakespeare  Well-apparel’d April on the heel Of limping Winter treads.  William Shakespeare  We always want Spring to unfold in an orderly crescendo, like […]

First Day of Spring–More or Less

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten And in green underwood and core        Blossom by blossom the spring begins. Algernon Charles Swinburne  March is the drabbest month of the year.  The snow has melted revealing vast expanses of brown grass and a winter’s accumulation of trash that’s been hidden beneath its white […]

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 […]

Cold, Rainy Spring

Cold, Rainy Spring For the first time ever–in 13 years–I was not able to burn my prairie gardens this spring.  Too wet, too cold, or too windy.  So I finally had to have it cut down, raked up, and tied up or stuffed into waste bags.     I don’t have a place to compost […]