Tag Archives: Butterfly Weed

Fiery Fall Foliage

Fiery Fall Foliage Let’s Plant Red-leaved Native Shrubs instead of the Invasive Burning Bush In the late 50’s-60’s, Compact Burning Bush (Euonymous alatus compactus) was introduced to the landscape industry and was soon installed on the corner of every newly built ranch house in the Northeast and Midwest, including ours.   While it does have […]

Midsummer

And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer.  Shakespeare Henry IV  JUNE 21 Midsummer Midwinter, the Winter Solstice, which we observe as Christmas, is over-celebrated in the United States; while Midsummer, celebrated widely in Europe, particularly in the more northern latitudes, is not observed here at all, unless we count the 4th of July.  In pagan […]

Early Summer Prairie Garden

Early Summer Prairie Garden Butterfly Weed and Pale Purple Coneflower  Both Garden Walks held last Saturday and mentioned on my blog last Friday–AAUW and Northern Kane County Wild Ones–featured Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), a striking orange and pink combination. AAUW North End Neighbors’ Association Butterfly Garden   Geneva River […]

FOUR FOR EARLY SUMMER

Four for Early Summer     In my mind, summer begins with the blooming of Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) in early June.  Its flowers are arranged in a flat-topped corymb that  blooms at the top of 1 1/2 to 4’ tall stems, evocative of the flat prairie from where it comes.   It puts on […]

PLANT MILKWEED

  LETS PLANT MILKWEED!!! Recently, Wild Ones posted the following monarch update on the Wild Ones Facebook page:  We are trying to harness the power of the Internet and Facebook to help save our Monarchs.  Please share this information with your members and ask everyone to send this information to their friends and family.  Also, […]