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

Posts Tagged ‘prairie’

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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Box o’ Prairie Grasses

Our cedar raised planter box is working out well in defining our pea gravel patio. The prairie grasses I transplanted are supposed to grow at least 5-feet tall but I think they were a little stunted this year due to the transplantation and maybe the drought. I really didn’t water them but they grew nevertheless…

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Bloomin’ Good

Currently in bloom at Bungalow Chronicles — each one native to all or most of the lower 48 states and Canada: Kalm’s St. John’s Wort (Hypericum kalmianum) Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) Prairie (or Tall) Cinquefoil (Potentilla arguta); also native to Alaska

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Baby Bunnies

I mistakenly transplanted a False Sunflower from our previous house thinking it was one of the natives. The plant is nice, but it’s very invasive. Pete was getting ready to dig it up until he discovered a bunny nest very close to it. The babies are newborns, eyes still shut and virtually hairless. We hoped…

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The Good, the Bad, and the “Just not Right”

It’s nice to be able to have a do-over when it comes to our prairie garden. I’ll be a little sad to see the old prairie go now that the new owner is converting it back to lawn, but I think our new prairie will be much better this time. Based on our experience there,…

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Going Native

I’ve been a proponent of gardening with native plants for well over 10 years now. Not only are there an interesting and beautiful variety of forbs (flowers) and grasses, but they’re drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and they need little attention once they get going. By no means am I an expert gardener (and truth be told I…

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Portraits of Home

I thought I’d try a weekly photo series called Portraits of Home. I remember in one of my college photography classes we had to take black-and-white photos of our concept of Home. I know that my concept of Home has changed since then, especially when it’s my own home and not my parents’. During college…

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Paint, Presumptions and Pathetic Prairies

We did a lot this weekend, even though it doesn’t seem like it. I was hoping to paint the kitchen, but it took a good part of Saturday just to get my painting supplies organized (and I have to be organized before I start on a project, otherwise forget it!). The paint cans, rollers, trays,…

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Gratuitous Prairie Photos

Our backyard prairie is in full bloom. In the foreground you see the leaves of Prairie Dock. They are literally 14″ wide by 20″ tall, while their flower is about the size of the palm of your hand. The flower stalk grows 8-9 feet tall. Here you see Purple coneflower, Sand coreopsis, Wild bergamot and…

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ours keeps going and going! The prairie will be in full bloom very soon. Right now the Sand coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is in bloom and the Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is starting to open. It’s very fragrant right now in our backyard, but not overpowering. Here you see Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) in the foreground.…

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