Tag Archives: Summer

Purple Coneflower is the Most Popular Perennial in America

Click on photos to enlarge. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is the Most Popular Perennial in America. It s a familiar, old-fashioned flower that has been a staple in Midwestern gardens since settlement days.  We had a few in my childhood garden on Lovell St., but my recollection is that they were called Rudbeckias. A bold, […]

Three Elegant Native Plants in Bloom Now You May Not Know

Three Elegant Native Plants in Bloom Now You May Not Know Prairie Cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)  formally known as Potentilla arguta Clusters of blossoms with wide creamy or pale yellow petals surround a golden center at the top of a hairy, upright 2-3’ tall stem, in bloom from late June until late September. While I planted it […]

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower What is the most popular perennial sold in the United States today? It’s the native Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). It’s been in gardens as long as I can remember.  When I was a child, we had a long flower border that divided the front yard with its well-cared for croquet lawn from the […]

GREEN AND WHITE GARDEN

Green and White Gardens   The Smooth Hydrangeas seen around the area seem to be larger and more robust that usual–I assume from all the rain we’ve been having–Hydrangea and hydrate come from the Greek word hudor, meaning water. I went outside yesterday afternoon to take some photographs of my ‘Annabelle’ Hydrangeas to use to […]

Fuchsia Flowers

Fuchsia Flowers  As the serene blue and white pallet of the Ohio Spiderwort and the White Wild IIndigo fade, bright fuchsia takes over.  The Pale Purple Coneflower has been in bloom for a while, now joined by the matching Purple-flowered Raspberry,  Showy Tick Trefoil, and the spectacular Illinois Rose. Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) blooms […]

Midsummer

And gorgeous as the sun at midsummer.  Shakespeare Henry IV  JUNE 21 Midsummer Midwinter, the Winter Solstice, which we observe as Christmas, is over-celebrated in the United States; while Midsummer, celebrated widely in Europe, particularly in the more northern latitudes, is not observed here at all, unless we count the 4th of July.  In pagan […]

Early Summer Prairie Garden

Early Summer Prairie Garden Butterfly Weed and Pale Purple Coneflower  Both Garden Walks held last Saturday and mentioned on my blog last Friday–AAUW and Northern Kane County Wild Ones–featured Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) and Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida), a striking orange and pink combination. AAUW North End Neighbors’ Association Butterfly Garden   Geneva River […]

For Everything There is a Season

For everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes  3:1 This is a pictorial record of  my prairie gardens at the corner of my front  and side yard, overlooking the intersection.  Spring is coming, and so is Summer, Autumn, and then Winter again, each with its own weather, […]

Yellow Daisies Redux

Yellow Daisies Redux  My House in August Radiant yellow daisies dominate my August gardens.  The wanton, golden Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii), the color of marigolds, is everywhere, anywhere its seeds have found a bit of bare dirt in which to sprout. Every year I think I have way too many Showy Black-eyed […]

Petunias on my Parkway 2002-2013

Petunias in my Parkway 2002–2013 This how it all started in Aug 2002.  Seeds of Wild Petunia (Ruellia humilis) migrated from the garden  on the other side of the sidewalk into the lawn on the parkway, along with the seeds of a few Showy Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia speciosa var. sullivantii). Aug 2002 June 2005  The […]