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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, […]

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yellow trout lily


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 […]

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Frozen rain chain

April Activities

Spring Begins April Activities  How to conduct a prairie garden controlled burn.  Friday, April 11, 2014  Last fall  Send application to the Illinois EPA.  Check. Several months later:  Application returned, giving permission.  Check. March:  Send application to City of Elgin.  Check April:  City application not returned yet. April 4     E-mail Sandra Taylor, asking […]

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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 […]

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A BLUE AND WHITE GARDEN FOR SPRING  Many years ago, when my children were young, we drove up to Door County to spend Memorial Day weekend.  The weather was quite cool–the tourist season had not yet started.  The peninsula was, however, exquisite; a beautiful time of year to visit. The cherry trees, for which the […]

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A Walk in the Woods

Come, gentle Spring! Ethereal Mildness! Come.  James Thomson   Spring seems to have finally arrived–at least for this week. March/April flowers just started to bloom the last weekend in April:     Spring Beauty and Toothwort Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica) is common in woodlands. Clusters of tiny,  pink striped, white petaled flowers form a bountiful […]

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