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Tall Creopsis in bloom against sky

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 […]

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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 […]

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Purple coneflower group and bee

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BUTTERFLIES GONE? That’s the question that’s been going around the web blogasphere within the past week–I’ve received two of them. This magnificent Black Swallowtail visited my garden yesterday afternoon. This beautiful creature has been visiting my garden for a few days now, but I can’t ID it.  Is it a butterfly […]

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MORE NATIVE MILKWEED

MORE NATIVE MILKWEED   All members of the genus  Asclepias are appealing to Monarch butterflies and caterpillars. Nine species grow in Kane County but only four are available at local nurseries. I’m going to show you six more today.   Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is, by far, the best butterfly attractant.   The dense, domed, […]

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Plant Milkweed (Native only)

  PLANT MILKWEED (NATIVE ONLY) My Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a native milkweed, is just beginning to bloom.  I emphasize native, because Better Homes and Gardens is promoting a tropical milkweed to attract Monarch Butterflies.   From Wild Ones Journal June 2013 Update:   Better Homes and Gardens  The May 2013 issue of Better Homes […]

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birthday bloodroot

Through the Year 2012 at my House

Through the Year 2012 at My House   January 12, 2012   My front sidewalk edged with snow-covered Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepsis) *The lowest temperature of the year was 5 degrees above (recorded on Jan. 15th, 19th and 20th) February 9, 2012   My front street corner. February 23, 2012   Patio through my studio […]

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