Tag Archives: Spring Wildflowers

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Click on photos to enlarge.) The good, in bloom right now, is Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum). (photo by Ben Schwarz)  Wild Geranium begins to bloom in early to mid-May as the Virginia Bluebells fade.  Clusters of lavender-pink, five-petaled, anemone-shaped flowers bloom at the top of  1-2’ hairy stems […]

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 […]

Wild Petunia

 Wild Petunia  Wild Petunia does two things especially well.  Brand new cheerful, lavender-blue flared trumpets of Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) greet the dawn every morning in July and August.  The blossoms do indeed resemble the annual petunias with which we are all familiar, but our native petunias are smaller and not as flared.   In […]

Wild Blue Phlox–Success at Last

Wild Blue Phlox  I have tried in vain to grow Wild Blue Phlox (Phlox divaricata) that would last for more than one season;  I was never successful until now.  I have replanted more Wild Blue Phlox than any other plant in my garden.  No, make that more than all the plants I have replaced in […]

Redbud Trees

Redbud My first acquaintance with the redbud dates back a quarter a quarter of a century. It was on an excursion to the historic spot of Starved Rock on the Illinois River.  Everywhere the bluffs were colored with the blossoms of the redbud.  To me, who had never seen this plant before, it we a […]

Double Bloodroot

  Double Bloodroot  Many years ago, I designed a display garden for the Plain Dirt Gardeners of Batavia for their entry into the Chicago Flower and Garden Show. at Navy Pier.     It featured a waterway representing the Fox River, native woodland plants (all grown in a greenhouse during the winter),  Indian artifacts, and, […]

My Red Oak

My Red Oak When I moved into my Sears Bungalow in the fall of 1997, my grandchildren, who, at that time, all lived in new sub-divisions with newly planted trees, referred to my neighborhood as the Neighborhood of Big Trees, which, indeed, it was.  Settled in the late 20’s, as houses went up, street trees […]

Late Spring Savanna-3

Late Spring Savanna  While the prairie is just barely waking up, savannas have been blooming since late March–early April.    A member of Northern Kane County Wild Ones invited our group last week to see her amazing savanna just west of Elgin. From Brenda: My property is a rolling 6 acre Oak savanna.  It primarily […]

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 […]