Natural tree skirts…

This tree’s ground “cover” includes purposely planted cool weather Pansies, enhanced with nature’s addition of fallen golden leaves. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Treeskirts are placed around the Evergreen Christmas tree; real or artifical. Here, the Evergreen tree (real) is skirted with a layer of it’s own soft, warm, pine needles and leaves from a few wind blown neighbors. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

This time of year I begin thinking about the tree skirt for around the trunk’s bottom of our Christmas tree. We’re going with a table top tree this year; so I am thinking I might want a tablecloth underneath the tree skirt; a double layer under the tree. The tree skirt actually is used to cover the un-decorative tree stand.

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When a cat is also a dog…

Cattail, aka Corndog perennial native blown by Lake Michigan’s cooling winds. Click on the image for more information. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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A native of everywhere…

A common, which means favorite, summer bloom in Chicago is the Coreopsis. Today I learned it’s also Florida’s state wildflower! Plus it’s a native to Missious as well; it certainly gets around! That means coreopsis is my new favorite wildflower because it connects with each of my worlds. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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It’s beginning to happen…

The leaves don’t lie, Autumn is arriving and the next stage of life for our plants and many animals is underway. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

In less than a day this tree went from one yellow leaf to clusters of yellow I’m hoping that our soaking rains will insure a colorful fall. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Fiddle arrival…

Spring marks many beginnings and renewals. Emergent shoots of shade loving Ferns have acquired the apt nickname of “Fiddle Heads” as seen in this image taken earlier this year. Nature continues to amaze and spark our imaginations. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Friend or Foe…

The more I learn the more I learn how much I still haven’t learned. In this case, I’m almost certain this cluster of berries belongs to a Staghorm Sumac (Rhus typhina) was photographing. I do know that it was not poinsonous because is was prominently in a Lincoln Park garden. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The fuzzy seed berries are what attracted me to the plant. Equally stunning are the red leaves of Autumn. CLICK on the image above for more information. Copyright 2018.

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Pretty Petunia…

This is a common plant for window boxes and planters at outdoor dining venues in Chicago. Always beloved Petunia; sometimes over-planted but always selected to brighten the scene.

Planted here, contrasting with red Begonias this Petunia’s trumpet shape is captivates many an insect. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

The more traditional view of Petunias show their colors that seem to radiate from their inner core.. A common, traditional favorite. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Comfort in tradition…

This Hydrangae bloom, seemingly escaping it’s fenced confines caught my attention each time I’d walk past. Couldn’t resist creating a couple images. Hydrangae are traditional garden perennials in the Midwest. In this ever changing time it’s always comforting to see it’s pervasive presence. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Beginning to bloom; so I’ll be able to enjoy it at least 3 weeks. Usually the drying blooms are equally enjoyable. This small Bee seems happy too; but that’s totally my assumption. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg.

Prolific flowering per bunch with a prolific number of clusters per shrub. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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A weed for my sister…

This is for you, Bee! I know how you (DON’T) love Violets. You know I don’t consider them weeds. We agree to disagree!

Macro image of the hardy Violet. I love them because as a child they were the only flowers in our yard my mother let us freely pick. Most consider it a weed. After all a weed is anything that is growing that one does not want in their garden. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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Beloved…

One of my favorite garden flowers is the Peony. Traditional perennial choice because of it’s striking early summer beauty and aroma. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

Mom, an avid gardener, discouraged me from adding Peony to my new garden (years ago) because their delicate blooms can easily be blown by storms and winds. I found they are excellent cut flowers when cut as soon as the bud shows it’s colors. Sometimes the delicate, short lived, is worth it’s brief visit. Copyright 2018 Pamela Breitberg

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