Tag: Common Milkweed

Flower Fail

There’s a hole at one end of the Driveway Border that I had expected to be full of colorful flowers by now. But it was not to be. A number of plants have been harmed by Four-Lined Plant Bugs (FLPB) this year, none more so than the Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum virginucum). Here’s how the Culver’s …

The Lurie Garden in October 2018

August and September were busy months, and I’m afraid that I neglected my Lurie Garden posts. But now I’m ready to get back on track with October.

July Stars of the Lurie Garden (2018)

There are certain plants that really define a garden at a given point in the season. This is certainly true of the Lurie Garden in July.

Silver Spring’s Brookside Gardens

It’s been a busy week – just returned today from a state convention and tomorrow I have to get back on the road. No rest for the wicked. Anyhow, let’s talk about Brookside – a popular public garden covering 50 acres in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. It was another stop on the first …

The Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary

I’ve lived practically next door to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary ever since we moved back to Chicago 14 years ago. In fact, I’ve driven right past it on most days for all those years. And yet, last week was the first time I actually went there.

The Lurie Garden in July

I wanted to capture the Lurie Garden while the flowers of early July, especially the Echinaceas, were still blooming their hearts out. Judy was out of town, so I took the camera to work with me a couple of days ago so I could take pictures during my lunchtime walk to the garden.

A Neighbor’s Garden

There’s a remarkable garden just a few blocks away from where we live. The owner, Pat, is a garden designer and works in the landscape business. She was nice enough to let me come by and take some pictures of the front.

Purple Milkweed is Back!

  You don’t see a lot if Purple Milkweed (Asclepias purpurascens) in gardens, not even in native plant gardens. For several years I doted on a small clump of it in the Back Garden Raised Bed. Feeling that the plant should be more widely grown, in 2014 I offered free seeds from my own plants …

Enhanced Nature on Display

The Toronto Botanical Garden was the last stop of the 2015 Garden Bloggers Fling (and this is my last post on that trip).

These are the Gardens in Your Neighborhood (Veronica’s Garden)

Judy and I have done a lot of traveling to visit gardens in other states and even other countries. But it is worth remembering that there are unique and remarkable gardens literally right around the corner. One such surrounds a small, single-story brick bungalow on a busy street about three blocks from our house. I …