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

Posts Tagged ‘native plants’

Garden Scenes

It was so nice today! Didn’t do much except for a little weeding. Last weekend I planted all the veggies in the raised beds but they’re not much to look at right now. I didn’t have it together to do seedlings so I bought a bunch of things including: 4 tomato plants, kohlrabi, kale, cabbage, Vidalia onion,…

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Our Little Oak is Growing Up

Almost six years ago to the day, I bought a Chinquapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) sapling for our side yard at the annual Native Plant Sale in north suburban Libertyville. It wasn’t more than 2-1/2 or 3 feet tall with two leaders. Shortly after that we started our attic renovation and “protected it” with our little…

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2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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2014 Recap: The Patio(s)

In addition to adding shrubs near the vegetable garden, I also wanted to add some near the patio. After some research, i decided that Little Henry Dwarf Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica ‘Sprich’) would work well under the pergola. They’ll only grow a few feet tall and wide (supposedly), so they should fill in this area…

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In Bloom, early-July

I’m anxious for more plants to bloom, but right now there are some pretty spectacular flowers in the garden, like our Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa interior). Some of these are transplants from other areas, and I added a couple more this year because the orange color is really stunning. They are doing much better in…

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Always Learning in the Garden

I’ve technically been “gardening” for over 20 years, but I can’t say that I’ve ever really felt like I knew what I was doing. It seems like even if a plant didn’t seem to be working in one spot aesthetically, or wasn’t thriving where I initially placed it, I tended to leave them there because…

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In Bloom, mid-June

We 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…

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In Bloom: Asters

This is the first year that our asters have bloomed, no thanks to the bunnies. They must be very tasty because they seemed to constantly chomp them down despite fencing them in (the flowers, not the bunnies). I think this is their third summer so I’m excited to see them in bloom for late summer…

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Prairie Dock

As summer winds down, trying to enjoy what is left in bloom. This is Prairie Dock, Silphium terebinthinaceum, a native Illinois prairie plant. I was able to start on painting the storm windows a couple days ago, but discovered that the color I chose for the outer frame was too bright so I went back…

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Garden Growth

Not only do we have our garden growing like gangbusters, thanks or no thanks to all the rain we’ve had this summer, but we also have a baby robin who looks ready to leave the nest very soon. We’re not sure what happened to the other two eggs, but there always seemed to only be…

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