Tag Archives: Spring

Signs of Early Spring

Signs of Early Spring Winter Aconite (Eranthus hymelis) is in full bloom.  It is native to Europe, but it came along to this garden via a Red Trillium I transplanted from my old garden.  A member of the buttercup family, its golden cups are the earliest perennial to bloom in our area, sometimes as early […]

Prairie Grasses in Late Fall

Prairie Grasses By December, the flowers of herbaceous plants have all faded and the leaves of woody plants have fallen.  But the landscape is not barren: some may think this is the most beautiful time of year.  Why is that?  Prairie grasses come into prominence, creating stunning pictures. Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) is one of […]

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Hundreds of Bloodroot covering a north-facing slope in Bliss Woods Forest Preserve in Aurora, IL.  4/9/05.  Absolutely stunning! Sunday, 70; Monday, 34; Wednesday, 50; snow today–not unusual for April in the Chicago area, but the spring flowers are not blooming in their normal sequence.  2 clumps of Bloodroot (Sanguinaria […]

Spring Begins

MARCH Spring Begins March is the drabbest month of the year in the Midwest.  The snow has melted revealing vast expanses of brown grass and a winter’s accumulation of trash that’s been hidden beneath its white blanket.  March is completely unpredictable—warm and sunny in the 50’s or even 70’s one day, cold and raw the […]

A Taste of Spring

A Taste of Spring Last Friday was unseasonably warm, but with wind gusts so strong, one could not go outside to enjoy the warmth.  All the snow melted, however;  and the ground dried up considerately.  I went for a walk on Saturday, and saw no signs of Spring, but my daughter sent this to me […]

In Bloom this Week in My Prairie Garden

  In Bloom this Week in my Prairie Garden Overall Side Yard The morning star of the early June garden. The iridescent sapphire blossoms of the Ohio Spiderwort open with the dawn every morning, closing by noon  (except on cloudy days when they remain  open all day).  It’s a common plant, found in sandy Black […]

Spring Woodland Savanna Garden

Spring Woodland Savanna Garden On Mother’s Day, 2009, my son and daughter-in-law and Joey and Kate took me to the Chicago Botanic Garden.  It was on May 11, and was rather cool–in every sense of the word–that day and Spring was late then as it is this year.  While we visited most of the garden, […]

TROUT LILIES

Trout Lilies In 1957, we purchased our 3/4 acre lot in Century Oaks for $2700.00.   We put $100.00 down and paid $100 a month thereafter until it we paid it off in 26 months.  The Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in the center of the picture was also in the center of the back lot […]

Spring is Coming

How this spring of love resembleth The uncertain glory of an April day, Which now shows all the beauty of the sun, And by and by a cloud takes all away!  William Shakespeare  Well-apparel’d April on the heel Of limping Winter treads.  William Shakespeare  We always want Spring to unfold in an orderly crescendo, like […]

First Day of Spring–More or Less

And frosts are slain and flowers begotten And in green underwood and core        Blossom by blossom the spring begins. Algernon Charles Swinburne  March is the drabbest month of the year.  The snow has melted revealing vast expanses of brown grass and a winter’s accumulation of trash that’s been hidden beneath its white […]