Spring Wildflowers

As the prolonged winter chill eases in fits and starts, the wildflowers are finally starting to appear here in far NE Illinois. They started slow–a hoary puccoon here and there, dappled trout lily leaves poking up through woodland detritus–but thanks to the sun and the occasional (still!) 80+F day, they’re making themselves known.     Read More …

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┬átypes 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 …