I bet you thought this post was going to be about garden bloggers didn’t you? Nah, it’s not that simple.
Although I’m having a great time seeing all of my garden blogger friends both old and new, I want to show you my other peeps, the prairie meadow plants of the Lurie Garden.
Yesterday, we boarded the train to the Chicago Botanic Garden, and it was big and burly, reminding me of the men (I refuse to think of the women as either) who helped turn Chicago into a bustling commercial enterprise in the late 1800s. There was so much to see. I walked much of it although I did miss the train garden. Darn it. So much to see and so little time.
After riding the train back into the middle of the city, we hoofed it from the Ogilivie train station to Millennium Park. After all of that walking (and that from the two days prior), my blisters had blisters. I, along with others, began to wonder if I needed to see the Lurie Garden. I’m such an introvert. I gazed down Madison street, longingly, wanting a hot cuppa English tea and a comfy chair in the hotel lobby where I could tweet and post.
However, I hung in there, and I’m so glad I did.
Up some stairs, past the performance stage, we entered another world. Millennium Park is in the center of the city and within is the Lurie Garden designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel.
If I remember correctly, four different types of blue, meadow sage, Salvia x sylvestris ‘Blue Hill’, ‘Wesuwe’, ‘May Night’ and ‘Rugen’ were planted to create a river-like swath through the prairie meadow. After the plants bloom, the gardeners shear the sages nearly to the ground, and within a month, the river grows and blooms again. In Oklahoma, we only need to remove the blooms of the salvias and sages to keep them blooming continuously from spring until the end of fall. Just one of the differences in how our climates grow certain plants.
Honeybees and other pollinators covered the blooming prairie meadow. It was astounding how attracted they were to the sages, and it reinforced my belief that we need to provide nectar and pollen rich plants for these tiniest of creatures.
I only hope my photos can capture even a portion of what I saw.
These plants are my “peeps” because they reminded me of those prairie plants which grow so exceedingly well in Oklahoma. A new one for me is shown above. I first saw it in Mr. McGregor’s Daughter’s garden, and I want to try it at home.
The next post will be more about the folks I met and saw, I promise, and here’s a photo of Pam from Digging taken that day. Pam’s blog was one of the first I read, and it was a thrill to meet her last year at the Austin Spring Fling. It was great to renew our friendship in Chicago.