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Their pervasive fragrance and gaudy color suggests an overdressed matron wearing too much cheap perfume, as these plants often become too much in the landscape.   Dick Young Kane county Wild Plants & Natural Areas     Roadsides Dick Young was referring to Dame’s Rocket (Hesperus matronalis) in bloom now along partially shaded roadsides, railroad […]

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Spring Quartette Plus

Spring Quartette Plus     Many years ago, I saw clumps of Wild Hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) in bloom in May at Bluff Spring Fen.  Enchanted, that fall I bought some bulbs–maybe 7–and planted them.  Alas, not a one came up–I attributed it to squirrels digging them up.     Several years later–May 2007, one came […]

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May Apples

Valerie Blaine, Naturalist with the Kane County Forest Preserve, is Guest Writer again today.  This article originally appeared in the Daily Herald, 4/4/2012 That’s not an umbrella, it’s a May-apple By Valerie Blaine If you’ve walked in the woods this week, you might think a beach party is about to begin. There are beach umbrellas […]

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Spring-flowering Native Trees

Spring-flowering Native Trees  The Chinese magnolias and crabapples are lovely in blossom in the spring, but I prefer our native ornamental trees, usually in bloom in late April or early May, that are blossoming now. Four ducks on a pond A grass bank beyond A blue sky of spring White clouds on the wing. William […]

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More Spring Woodland Wildflowers

More Spring Woodland Wildflowers The emerging purple stems of the Blue Cohosh (Cauliphyllum thalictroides) are notable, while the early yellow flowers are rather insignificant.  It follows closely on the heels of the woodland anemones mentioned in my last post.  It grows in similar circumstances, in rich woodlands, frequently on north-facing slopes.         […]

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