Flowers

Autumn is here, and the recent hellish heat wave has given way to cooler weather. According to the U of I frost tracker, the first freeze of the season is only a few weeks away, which will mean bye-bye flowers. It was a good year for blooming around here, with new plants and old offering Read More …

Crabapples

I have four types of crabapple trees in my yard. One isn’t blooming this year–it’s a biennial–which leaves the Louisa, the prairiefire, and the tree of unknown variety behind the garage. The Louisa is a miniature weeping-willow variety with pale pink-white blossoms.   The blossoms of tree behind the garage are a deeper pink.   My Read More …

My Favorite Season

After a fake-out warm spell that was followed by seeming weeks of cold and wet, I’m finally seeing signs of spring as I walk around the neighborhood. Forsythia’s bright yellow is flaring here and there. In my yard, birds are clustered around the feeders, chowing down with intent in preparation for mating and nesting. The Read More …