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White Snakeroot

Autumn Savanna

Autumn Savanna  Many people tell me that they would love to have a prairie garden, but they have too much shade. My answer?  You can have a savanna or woodland garden with a diversity of forbs and grasses every bit as as ravishing as a prairie–just with different plants. Last week I described and showed […]

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Showy Tick Trefoil

Two Splendid Summer Shrubs

Several years ago, in July, 1999, I saw two extraordinarily beautiful native shrubs in bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden that I had never seen before. They are in bloom now–what would you guess? Maybe you have never heard of them before either.   The first is  Prairie or Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera) .   […]

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I Love Sedges

I Love Sedges! “And what,” you may ask, “ is a sedge?” A sedge is a grass-like plant that has solid triangular stems as opposed to the round, hollow stems of grasses.  “Sedges have edges” is a popular aphorism, that cleverly describes the difference.   It is not always true, but it is often enough […]

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Red Maple Flowers

What Does Our Ecosystem Provide for Us?

WHAT DOES OUR ECOSYSTEM PROVIDE FOR US? Captures the sun’s energy Makes oxygen Creates soil Infiltrates water Cleans water Cleans air Pollinates crops Recycles garbage Sequesters carbon Provides food and shelter Provides medications We receive all this for free. and we take it for granted. There are 129,000,000 acres of housing in the US 4 […]

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More Winter Scene

I am so thrilled with the all the reader participation in my blog that added new information about persistent winter leaves. That makes this a truly interactive site. So, please, please, keep it coming. And I have one more participant–Jack Shouba, botanist, instructor at Morton Arboretum, and photographer sent this stunning photograph of Hop Hornbeam(Ostrya […]

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White Oak in Winter

Winter Scene

Winter Scene This is not the typical picture one would see on a Christmas card or December calendar page, yet I think it is ravishing! It is more typical of the Midwest landscape than the evergreens and red berries of England and New England. I do have to explain the tree, though. For many years […]

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My House in Autumn

Fall may seem an odd time to begin a blog about gardening, but fall is in many ways the best time to start or renew a garden. The soil is mellow, the weather is temperate, and in autumn plants put all their energy into root growth rather than top growth as they do in spring. […]

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