|Chelone, or turtle plant|
|One of the many Helianthus type species with a honeybee|
|Solidago, of which there were a few different species|
|I would not like to come across this weeding|
With the recent press and NGS fame, gardening wise it is funny how everyone now seems nervous about me seeing their gardens! There are very different pressures to London as my Uncle has to contend with rabbits, deer, poison ivy and marauding Germans. He has a great ethos to his gardening choosing natives which cope better with the local conditions and wildlife which is a great ethos when you have so many great natives to choose from, and when so many alien plants escape so easily into the wild.
He also has these monster, and very scary looking bumble bees which loved the obedient plant
Chicago was the opposite of Indianapolis in that there were hardly any gardens to be seen, and I can imagine how so many people living there must be disconnected from plants. Even out in the suburbs where there was more space and empty housing plots generally these were just left empty or paved for parking. There are some good cooperative projects, but the lack of plants rather struck me. Of course they also have the lake, the vastness of which is astounding and difficult to comprehend....to me a lake should be something like the one at Crystal Palace park where you can take a pedalo out on and see the other side.
|Prairie planting in the hart of the city, with great use of the borrowed landscape|
Of course there was some good planting, and I was struck with how good the planting in the tree pits of their main avenues was...fabulous exotic style plants and interesting things.