So it’s summer

…and I’m about two waves behind in wildflower reporting.   The most recent burst has been the spiderwort, a not-very-attractive name for a lovely flower.                   I’ve seen white campions for a few weeks now. I love the striped calyces. They remind me of old-fashioned bloomers.   Read More …

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 …

They’re here!

My crocuses have finally opened! Last I checked, only an inch or so of greenery had emerged. But then a mild warming trend settled in. Yesterday hit 60F, with more of the same today and tomorrow. 30s over the weekend with possible snow, which is why I’m going to leave the leaf cover in the Read More …