Tag Archives: Pale Purple Coneflower

GREEN AND WHITE GARDEN

Green and White Gardens   The Smooth Hydrangeas seen around the area seem to be larger and more robust that usual–I assume from all the rain we’ve been having–Hydrangea and hydrate come from the Greek word hudor, meaning water. I went outside yesterday afternoon to take some photographs of my ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangeas to use to […]

Fuchsia Flowers

Fuchsia Flowers  As the serene blue and white pallet of the Ohio Spiderwort and the White Wild IIndigo fade, bright fuchsia takes over.  The Pale Purple Coneflower has been in bloom for a while, now joined by the matching Purple-flowered Raspberry,  Showy Tick Trefoil, and the spectacular Illinois Rose. Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) blooms […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baffling Experiences with Native Plants

Baffling Experiences with Native Plants I have good, mesic prairie soil on my property.  My Sears bungalow was built in 1927 and the topsoil was saved and put back on the ground when the house was built, unlike nowadays. I should be able to grow any native plant that is found in nature in mesic […]

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 […]

Garden Walk Report

GARDEN WALK  REPORT He who plants a garden, plants happiness. Chinese Proverb   The day was perfect–part sun, not too hot.   The Butterfly Weed was still in bloom, joined by Prairie Coreopsis and Wild Quinine, mentioned last week. The Purple Prairie Clover, also mentioned last week, was a big hit.   Visitors were fascinated […]

Romantic Gardens

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.  Blaise Pascal Give all to love, Obey thy heart, Friends, kindred, days, Estate, good-fame, Plans, credit and the Muse,— Nothing refuse. Ralph Waldo Emerson    Romantic Gardens  The Romantic Period was an intellectual and artistic movement that originated in the late 18th century and stressed […]