A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

In Bloom, mid-June

2013061402We have lots of things going on in the garden and yard that I haven’t written about yet, so I thought I’d start it off by showing what’s in bloom right now.

This is Ohio Spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis), a native perennial. It likes the area near our garage, which gets some morning sun but is shaded by late afternoon. It’s about 2-3 feet tall and upright. A few flowers are in bloom at the same time, but the bloom period lasts a pretty long time. The flowers open up in the morning and close later in the day.

My only gripe with them is they can get matted down and splay out from the center after a really heavy downpour, but overall it’s a really nice plant.

Our next plant also likes the area in the backyard near the garage. Golden Alexanders (Zizea aurea) is more shrub-like but only about 1-1/2 to 2 feet tall. This particular plant is one of the original native species that grew from seed when I first started getting into natives and which I was able to transplant from that garden. Back then it was an unassuming clump growing under the shade of the magnolia tree. I at first didn’t pay much attention to it, but I’ve really come to like its small, yellowish-green flowers (or compound umbels). It’s one of the first plants to bloom in late spring.

I like it so much now that I bought a couple more this year at the annual Native Plant Sale over Mother’s Day weekend.


Right next to Golden Alexanders (that’s not a grammar faux pas, by the way, even one plant is spelled with the plural) is Smooth Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum commutatum). I moved these from other areas near the garage to this spot in front of the basement window. This is the first year the plant has bloomed and I think it’s cool how the flowers hang down. I also love the bluish tinge to the leaves. It’s a more shade-loving plant, so I have some under the dense Norway Maple in front of the house on the parkway as well.


I haven’t decided yet for sure, but I may bury all our cats’ ashes around here. It’s near the bird feeder, which of course they all enjoyed, and I think it’ll be a nice, quiet spot for our garden bench as well.

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