Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Back to my curmudgeonly attitude toward strictly ornamental gardens: I don't like them! There are so many native, beautiful plants to choose from; why choose those that have no other purpose than pretty flowers?
|flower pot near my apartment|
Sure, the petunias and garden lobelias are pretty, but I'd rather see something with wildlife value in green spaces.
at 1:18:00 PM
Sunday, August 17, 2014
I went for a walk yesterday through lakeshore, as usual. (I tried to write this post through the iPad app, which needs some updating! There are very limited tools and the pics upload to a huge size...)
There's a paler plant, though, that also won't go unnoticed. It forms the "over story" of the prairie this time of year, and grows to amazing heights.
at 5:43:00 PM
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
There are a few campus buildings I pass before I get to my office that have been decorated with ornamental plants, such as coleus, garden sage and non-native Rudbeckia cultivars. I've never liked non-native gardens, no matter how beautiful the flowers are. They've always looked so fake to me, and I've always been more drawn to natural places. I don't know why we're so obsessed with this well-maintained aesthetic, but there have been many essays written by better writers than me, so I'll leave it at that for now. I just don't think there's anything interesting about a "pretty" but otherwise useless garden.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
This summer has been about paying attention to wildflowers for me. I've lived in the prairie for 2 springs already, and while I found them beautiful, I didn't go overboard trying to ID them. Finally, I decided to learn more about the local flora, and what I found was astonishing. Like birds, I assumed spring ephemerals were the name of the game, and summer would be a little boring. I soon realized I had no idea what I was talking about. The week-to-week turnover has kept me coming back to the same places as often as I can to see what's in bloom. Almost-daily flower walks have become my way to relax outdoors. I wasn't able to get to the restoration I like to visit in about 2 weeks, and I went back over the weekend to find it as colorful as ever.
|nodding wild onion|
at 3:34:00 PM