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Why are All These People Standing in the Rain?

Why are all these  people standing in the rain?   What are they looking at? They are the intrepid members of Northern Kane County Wild Ones on a garden tour last Saturday.   It poured down rain, but 26  people showed up, and we carried on. The property we visited is in a subdivision of […]

This Week in my Garden

This week in my garden Asters are still the stars in the autumn garden–this is New England Aster-formerly known as Aster novae-angliae and is now Symphyotrichum novae-angliae.  The most colorful and best known of the species asters, its intense purple flowers bloom from early September until the end of October.  Growing 3-4’ tall, in the […]

Monday Melange–Who Needs Chrysanthemums?

Monday Melange Who Needs Chrysanthemums? Serendipity. I didn’t design this, but isn’t it a stunning combination?  Heath Aster (Aster ericoides) and Butterfly Weed seedpods (Asclepias tuberosa) show off against a backdrop of the huge magnificent leaves of Prairie Dock (Silphium  terebinthinaceum).  Prairie Dock bears yellow daisy flowers at the top of 10’ stems in July, […]

What the Heck is a Vegetated Swale?

What the Heck is a Vegetative Swale?  There are two different types: one is engineered; one is not. Let’s take the non-engineered one first: It is simply a drainage ditch that is filled with dense and/or deep-rooted, water-loving native plants that will infiltrate rainwater instead of allowing it to move as fast as possible off […]

Conservation@Home

Conservation@Home  Early this year, our Northern Kane County Wild Ones invited Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation of DuPage and Kane Counties to speak  about Conservation@Home, a program that helps property owners protect and create yards that are environmentally friendly. The following criteria is used for designation: Property must have some native plant components for […]

Late Summer Bloom

      My traditional gardening friends complain that they have no flowers in bloom in August.  They obviously don’t grow Black-eyed Susan.  (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii)   View out my front door.  This week a Great Spangled Fritillary landed on my front porch stair post–alas, I didn’t get a photo.  Great Spangled Fritillary are […]

Drought

DROUGHT The current drought situation has been aided by an overall persistence of unusually warm, dry weather. June of 2012 officially ranked as the 6th warmest on record in Chicago, while it was also the 5th driest.  WGN Meteorologist Paul Merzlock   We are, indeed, in a drought.  Trees are stressed; lawns are brown.  Prairies […]

Through the Year 2011 in My Garden

THROUGH THE YEAR 2011 IN MY GARDEN     JANUARY  I neglected to take any pictures at my house last January, so I’m showing you a  photograph of June’s stone stairway that I did take. Last year, in February, I  featured the grass, stone, and snow of the Geneva Riverwalk, but if you have a […]

Maple Trees

MAPLE TREES   The scarlet of the maples can shake me         like a cry Of bugles going by.   William Bliss Carman         Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is not suited for new subdivisions or street tree plantings, says Possibility Place Nursery Catalog.    Obviously, this Sugar Maple in my […]

Golden Leaves

Golden Leaves  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 other pigments to shine through.  Sunny days stimulate the manufacture of carbohydrates and cool (40-45° F) nights allow the carbohydrates to break down into sugars.  The more […]