Tag Archives: Little Bluestem

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 […]

October Potpourri

Even though it was somewhat cloudy this morning, I was drawn outside by the kaleidoscope of colors I saw through the windows.  The most colorful of all was the American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) Its leaves have turned to vermillion, cranberry, apricot, and topaz that mix in with lingering chartreuse, while pendulous catkins form along the […]

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 […]

A New Way of Gardening

Traditionally, the way plants were organized in parks and gardens reflected a culture that liked to order and discipline nature.  Contemporary planting design is not only freer, but also seeks to reflect nature.  It also addresses our concerns about how we garden sustainably and in partnership with nature.  Piet Oudolf & Noel Kingsbury Planting: A […]

For Everything There is a Season

For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes  3:1 This is a pictorial record of  my prairie gardens at the corner of my front  and side yard, overlooking the intersection.  Spring is coming, and so is Summer, Autumn, and then Winter again, each with its own weather, […]

Best Prairie Plants for Winter Gardens

The photos (of your gardens through the year)  make me yearn for the garden- yet, remind me that this is the season to rest, recuperate, dream and enjoy the beauty of what I see covered in snow. Jean Muntz Best Prairie Plants for Winter Gardens My Front Yard Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Purple Coneflower  […]

The Big Show Has Ended, but Some Color Lingers On

The big show has almost ended, but some colorful leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers linger  on. Part 1 Herbaceous plants and grasses. The clusters of lavender-blue daisy flowers of Smooth Blue Aster (Aster laevis) are still in bloom.  It grows 2-4′ tall, blooming from September through early November. The Heath Aster (Aster ericoides), so-called because its […]

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 […]

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 […]

SNOWFALL

The Snow-Storm Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven, And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end. The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet Delayed, all friends shut out, […]