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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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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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Royal Catchfly

Scarlet Lady

    Do you recognize this plant?  No, it’s not Cardinal Flower–that doesn’t bloom until August.  This is Royal Catchfly (Silene regia), a rare plant in the Chicago area–indeed, it is endangered in Illinois. Fortunately, it is readily available from native plant nurseries as plugs or seeds. The above photo was taken last week in […]

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My Gardens This Week

My Gardens This Week–Second Week in July     Another of my favorite flowers is Purple Prairie Clover (Petalostemum purpureum).  A purple fringed tutu of tiny blossoms begins to climb up the tubular cone early in July and becomes a long purple cylinder as the season progresses.   It gets even better–bright purple-stemmed, golden-orange anthers […]

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Midsummer Gardens

Mid-summer Gardens The summer prairie begins to bloom in earnest around mid-summer.   Wild Quinine opens first, followed closely by Pale Purple Coneflower and Butterfly Weed, and then Stiff Coreopsis adds its golden suns.     The flat-topped flower clusters of Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) reflect the flat prairies from where it comes.  The tiny […]

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Shooting Star

Early Spring Prairie Garden

Early Spring Prairie Garden   After the slowest-starting spring in memory, we were suddenly fast-forwarded to summer; then back to March!  Only in the Midwest does the temperature go from 50 to the high 80’s in a day to the 40’s within a week!   The prairie is slow to wake up–the first to bloom […]

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