Category Archives: Trees & shrubs

Planting Oaks

Lorna and I wandered over the entire property today inspecting trees that we’ve planted. We were particularly interested in the oaks since they can be majestic trees that live for centuries. The Bur Oaks planted next to our family cemetery … Continue reading

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Buttonbush for Butterflies

Now that the milkweeds are going to seed you have to look elsewhere to find butterflies. The golfball shaped flowers of Buttonbush is one of the best. This shrub is native to all the North America except the Northwest. I … Continue reading

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Dogwood Landscape

Dogwood at The Point The dogwoods are a little late to come on this year. As you can see in this picture the flowers are not fully open. Flowering Dogwoods are my favorite flowering tree; they are something you must … Continue reading

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Do controlled burns help exotics spread?

Bush Honeysuckle with Berries Walking after dinner tonight I noticed some shrubs leafing out along the trail. Inspecting them I was disappointed to find Bush Honeysuckles, an invasive exotic from China. You might wonder what I would have against such … Continue reading

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Flowering Quince – Not all exotics are bad!

Flowering Quince – Not native to the PGT We showcase native plants at the Prairie Garden Trust. The idea is to find the beauty in what nature has to offer. When we find exotics (plants that don’t occur here naturally) … Continue reading

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Flowering Dogwoods

Flowering Dogwoods In a few weeks the woods at the Prairie Garden Trust will be filled with dogwood blossoms; but we won’t have as many as in past years. The controlled burns that we are using have killed many of … Continue reading

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Harvesting Osage Orange fruit

Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera We’ve been out gathering Hedge apples this morning. Even though it’s not edible they look cool! I’m going to use them for a display in my booth at the Healthcare Design Conference HCD13. The trees are pretty interesting … Continue reading

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Shellbark Hickory Nut – Delicious!

Shellbark Hickory, Carya laciniosa I tasted a Shellbark Hickory Nut for the first time today and was surprised by how delicious it was. It was sweet and buttery; almost like Butter Brickle Ice Cream. At the PGT you can find Shellbark … Continue reading

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Stripes on Pin Oak Acorns

    Pin Oak Acorns (Quercus palustris) I was admiring a Pin Oak in front of the PGT Visitor center today and noticed that the acorns were striped. I don’t remember ever noticing that before. The stripes are very attractive. … Continue reading

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Leaves are Out

Red Oak, Quercus rubra With Spring ready to change over to summer the leaves on the trees are finally fully out. Here you can see the leaves on a red oak that I photographed this morning over West Lake.

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