Tag Archives | Trees

Potawatomi Park om May

Redbud Trees

Redbud My first acquaintance with the redbud dates back a quarter a quarter of a century. It was on an excursion to the historic spot of Starved Rock on the Illinois River.  Everywhere the bluffs were colored with the blossoms of the redbud.  To me, who had never seen this plant before, it we a […]

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patio snowcatcher

Snow Catchers

Snow Catchers  Snow transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Dull landscapes turn into breathtaking splendors and, trite though it sounds, into a winter wonderland.  Plant horizontally branched trees and shrubs to catch the snow and hold it aloft until it melts.  Bur and White Oaks with their burly outstretched arms do it best; their open […]

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Valerie savanna joe pye

Save Our Savannas

Which is worse? This?  Buckthorn-choked savanna? Or this? A lawn grown under the oak trees, mowed, fertilized, and watered on a regular basis. Well, this one certainly looks better, carefully kept, all neat and tidy. I hope you already know the answer.  Actually, they are both terrible.  Both sites guarantee the demise of our oak […]

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kettle Nov

Fiery Fall Foliage

Fiery Fall Foliage First Week in November The Chicago area landscape was formed by ice.  As the Wisconsin glacier receded about 13,000 years ago, it deposited glacial till it had collected when it moved forward—boulders, stones, gravel, sand, and clay particles—and built overlapping moraines.  The material dropped out unevenly thereby creating rolling hills, ridges, and […]

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Should Leaf Blowers Be Banned?

Should Leaf Blowers be Banned?  For those of us who enjoy a walk around the neighborhood on a lovely fall weekend,  noisy leaf blowers with a multi-decibel whine can destroy tranquility, conversation, and ones hearing.   Birdsong,  rustling leaves,  and laughter are drowned out.  And noise isn’t the only pollution the leaf blower produces.  It also […]

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Dump Trucks

FALLEN LEAVES–Part I

FALLEN LEAVES–Part I       The City of Elgin spends $1000’s of dollars every year disposing leaves from private property.  Is this necessary?       Let’s not be so quick to have them hauled away. Fallen leaves can be beautiful. The ground was blanketed with wet leaves of every hue from livid crimson […]

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Redbud fallen leaves

Flames of Scarlet and Gold

Flames of Scarlet and Gold Frequently seen on magazine covers and calendars in fall, Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is the quintessential tree of autumn with its brilliant scarlet, tangerine, and topaz foliage.  It’s the first shade tree to color, starting as early as late September,  continuing through the end of October.  A majestic tree, it […]

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