The cultivated wild rose pictured here is a favorite of gardeners in Illinois, and is often used as a low maintenance ornamental plant. The blooms are about 3″ across with showy, bright petals, and the typical wild rose leaf pattern.
I love sunsets… it amazes me that the same event can take place every single night of our lives and always look different and new.
While hostas do not grow wild here in northern Illinois, they are a favorite amongst gardeners. There are many varieties ranging from small to large with varying shades of green, some of which tolerate shade and others full sun.
Iris were brought to North America from Europe as an ornamental plant. Still a favorite amongst gardeners and flower lovers, you can often buy cut iris flowers from garden shops in the spring. There are many colors to choose from within the 100+ varieties, but this rich purple seems to be the most popular.
With the profusion of red clover blooms, you can now find monarch butterflies feasting on their nectar. This monarch butterfly will live and die here in Illinois – being that it is May. Only the 4th generation monarchs migrate south each fall.
At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday. By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference. This particular widow skimmer is a male.
Daylilies are edible and actually quite tasty. You can pluck the fresh flower blooms and stuff them with herbed cheese, chicken salad, or a light dip. They’re great with champagne too!
Overall, the indian strawberry (AKA false strawberry and mock strawberry) is smaller than the tasty wild strawberry, though the leaves look the same in shape. Wild strawberries have white blooms whereas indian strawberries have yellow blooms. Both are edible, but the indian strawberry is not as tasty. This little plant is just about ready to […]