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A Weed By Any Other Name

A recent post on the blog of Chicago’s Lurie Garden addressed the question of weeds in a way that seems pretty sensible. 401 more words

Gardening Techniques

Saturday 11 June 2016. Embracing the Later Morning, with Sweat and Spit

It was 86 degrees F (whew!) under partly cloudy skies at 10:15 am, considerably later than my usual start of morning ride time. But this was the available slot, and I really wanted to see whether there would be queen-of-the-prairie this year, so off… 523 more words


A walk through the Prairie

My wife and I made our first visit to Hoffman Hills Recreation Area since our return from Iceland. There were a few birds around. It looks like Eastern Bluebirds have taken up residence in several houses. 82 more words

Hoffman Hills Recreation Area

Flowers Along the Red Cedar Trail

On our first walk along the Red Cedar Trail since our return from Iceland  we found a number of flowers blooming. 8 more words

Macro Photography

Friday 10 June 2016. Flowers, a Force for Good

It was 72 warm degrees at 5:05 this morning and mostly cloudy as I brought out Discovery II for a quick, early ride to Meadowbrook Park. 315 more words



Such an ugly name for a pretty flower that fills the fields with tiny clusters of blue.

George Iles, in Canada Wildflowers, 1894, publisher Montreal Star, plate 67, says of the flower and its name: 368 more words


Spiderwort at Green Spring Gardens

As I was looking over a whole range of the colorful flowers yesterday at Green Spring Gardens, I gradually realized that I was drawn most to those with simple shapes and relatively subdued colors, like the modest spiderwort (g. 32 more words