Tag Archives | Summer

Showy Tick Trefoil

Two Splendid Summer Shrubs

Several years ago, in July, 1999, I saw two extraordinarily beautiful native shrubs in bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden that I had never seen before. They are in bloom now–what would you guess? Maybe you have never heard of them before either.   The first is  Prairie or Illinois Rose (Rosa setigera) .   […]

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Midsummer Gardens

Mid-summer Gardens The summer prairie begins to bloom in earnest around mid-summer.   Wild Quinine opens first, followed closely by Pale Purple Coneflower and Butterfly Weed, and then Stiff Coreopsis adds its golden suns.     The flat-topped flower clusters of Wild Quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) reflect the flat prairies from where it comes.  The tiny […]

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Overlooking Fox River

Geneva River Park Redux

Geneva River Park Redux I last wrote about the Geneva River Park in February and several of you asked about its history. Its story appears below and I hope you will take the time to visit it. River Park of Geneva River Park of Geneva grew out of Mary Zaander’s letter to a local newspaper […]

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