Tag Archives: Grass

Farewell, Indian Summer

Farewell Indian Summer   SONGWRITERS WILLIAMS, HARRY/HICKMAN, A Does anyone remember that song? Here’s the rendition by Glenn Miller; there is also one by Frank Sinatra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa_faILW6MQ Obviously dating me. In this song, Indian Summer was a metaphor for a romance that had begun in June and had faded by Indian Summer. What really is […]

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 […]

Prairie Grasses in Winter

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 […]

Calico Lawns

Is this your idea of a beautiful landscape?  If so, you will really like the new Round-Up Ready turf that is about to go on the market.    This was just published in Garden Rant. http://gardenrant.com/2014/02/coming-soon-round-up-ready-turfgrass.html But calico lawns, sprinkled with wild flowers are so much more charming, why would anyone want a plain green […]

Geneva River Park is Beautiful 365 Days a Year.

Geneva River Park is beautiful 365 days a year.  These photos were taken Sept. 29, 2013. River Park of Geneva overlooks the Fox River. The flowers are mostly gone, but Little Bluestem ( Schizachyrium scoparium) blades have turned to copper, sparkling with white feathery blossoms. The amphitheater is venue for weekly concerts in the summer […]

Petunias on my Parkway 2002-2013

Petunias in my Parkway 2002–2013 This how it all started in Aug 2002.  Seeds of Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) migrated from the garden  on the other side of the sidewalk into the lawn on the parkway, along with the seeds of a few Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii). Aug 2002 June 2005  The […]

Prairie Grasses in Late Fall

The big show is almost ended by the first hard frosts.  Although the tall grasses provide an encore with their rich burst of golds, winey russets, and shades of bronze, the great host of prairie flowers now exists only as dried stalks with stripped seed heads, and a few pods clinging to frost-blighted stems.  Then […]

Grass, Stone, and Snow

Snow, Stone, and Grass My posts this winter have been mostly about trees and shrubs in snow, but today I am featuring herbaceous plants, mostly grasses. I visited the Geneva Riverwalk again Sunday, an ordinary winter day, cloudy and a with a light snow cover. More than anything, I want to show you how gorgeous […]

Prairie Dropseed

If you want to start a prairie garden, I recommend that you first plant Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis). If you have a perennial garden, place Prairie Dropseed between the plants. It grows in whorled, arching mound, 2-3′ tall and around. In late July-early August, delicate, fragrant, airy panicles of flowers begin to emerge on stiff […]