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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Asters   Last Week in September   “Asters, like prophets, are without honor in their own country.” said Louise Wilder Beebe.  Known as “Michaelmas  Daisies” because they bloom around St. Michaelmas Day on September 29,  asters are held in high esteem by English and other European gardeners, while we in the United States distain them […]

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Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed

    MORE ON BUTTERFLIES     Everyone knows that Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on members of the milkweed genus and their caterpillars only eat milkweed leaves. There are, however, several species of milkweed that are more suited to gardens than the common roadside milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). If any of you have seen […]

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Yellow Daisies

Yellow Daisies My House in August Radiant yellow daisies dominate my August gardens.  The wanton, golden Showy Black-eyed Susan, 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 Susan–until August, when their ravishing […]

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