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STONEWORK

August 2008

A nice vertical planted divide of Blazing Stars and Big Bluestem separates the crushed limestone driveway from the flagstone landing.

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Toby is inspecting my handiwork. I hope he approves.

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The stairs, patio and obelisk are located where the former house stood. The original entrance is on the other side of the berm, planted in traditional ornamentals.


The large stone obelsik adds a strong, striking dimension to this feature. The entire area was created by Brannon Smith, owner of Horticultural Services in Glenview, Illinois.

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Late November 2009

The following three beautiful photographs were graciously taken for us by noted nature photography Carol Freeman of Freeman Photography, Glenview, Illinois. Her website is: www.carolfreemanphotography.com


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Indian Grass, Sorghastrum nutans, [center] has such smooth and silky seedheads that they almost feel oily to the touch. Brown Fox Sedge, Carex vulpinoidea, [lower center] is still green. This sedge is only one foot tall but three feet across.


Little Bluestem, Andropogon scoparius, should probably have been named "Little Redstem" judging by its color this late in the year.

Warm season grasses, such as this, generally change color in the Fall.

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Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum, has pretty seedheads and leaves. This grass will eventually form a really large clump.

Didn't Carol take a nice picture?




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