Lurie Garden in November
Time for another installment in my monthly series on Chicago’s Lurie Garden. By November, the flowers have pretty much vanished, and yet there is still plenty of color.
The sky was grey and overcast on the day I brought the camera downtown, which was a little disappointing. On the other hand, November tends to be a gray and overcast month, so perhaps the weather was fitting. If the day were sunny with blue skies, it just wouldn’t look like November.
Something about the light made this patch of ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) look more intensely red.
But actually it had faded to more of a tan.
The cold weather had enhanced the color of the Arkansas Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii). You can see the incendiary orange-red of the A. hubrichtii above next to the more subdued yellow-green of the Eastern Bluestar (A. tabernaemontana).
The masses of Bluestar have the appearance of golden waves or cloud banks.
Here we’re looking south towards the Art Institute of Chicago.
Looking west towards the Chicago skyline. The Red Maple (Acer rubrum) trees (I think someone told me they were ‘Autumn Blaze’) that run in a line parallel to the Lurie’s eastern hedge have lost most of their leaves.
Other plants have also seen their color intensify, such as the ‘Blue Heaven’ Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), above.
And Prairie Dropseed (Sporobulus heterolepis).
The Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) has retained some of its pale blue color.
The Blue Grama grass ‘Blonde Ambition’ (Bouteloua gracilis) has done a good job of holding on to its eyelash-like seed heads.
Before now I had never noticed the fluffy seeds of Japanese Anemone (Anemone hupehensis ‘Splendens’) before. Isn’t that odd? They look very much like cotton bolls.
Let’s finish with a shot taken atop the stairs of the ‘Dark Plate’ on the east side of Lurie Garden.
That’s all for now.