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Christmas Card 2015

I dreamed that, as I wandered by the way, Bare Winter suddenly was changed to Spring.       Percy Bysshe Shelly Peace, Love, and Joy! Merry Christmas                        Pat Hill    

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 […]

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 […]

Yellow Daisies Redux

Yellow Daisies Redux  My House in August Radiant yellow daisies dominate my August gardens.  The wanton, golden Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii), the color of marigolds, is everywhere, anywhere its seeds have found a bit of bare dirt in which to sprout. Every year I think I have way too many Showy Black-eyed […]

Through the Year 2012 at my House

Through the Year 2012 at My House   January 12, 2012   My front sidewalk edged with snow-covered Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis) *The lowest temperature of the year was 5 degrees above (recorded on Jan. 15th, 19th and 20th) February 9, 2012   My front street corner. February 23, 2012   Patio through my studio […]

More on Asters and Grasses

More on Asters and Grasses   I can’t help myself.   All last week, whenever I would step outside my front door, whether to get the mail or pick up the newspaper, I would run back into the house for my camera and take more photographs of all the asters.   Aromatic Aster and Prairie […]

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? What drought? Part 2

Drought?  What drought?  Part 2 July 26, 2012 If ever there was a summer to convince people to plant prairie flowers and grasses instead of lawns and exotic flowers, this is it.   I began to plant my prairie garden in 1998, starting with the front foundation, entry walk, and along the front walk, adding […]

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 […]