Wilderness in the City

wilmette2I love wild spots.  I like nicely maintained spaces too, but seeing native plants in the appropriate soil/light/zone is the most pure portrait of the land we can have.  There is a movement happening in Chicago land area to reestablish the native plant scene.  It’s like liking the local bands, it’s beautiful!

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Recently, I have found out about a spot in Wilmette right along the Lake that is just magical.  The stairway down leads you along a path of lobelia, echinacea, blue vervain, golden rod, aster, yarrow, and milkweed.

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As you meander through the dunes, you reach Lake Michigan where you can relax and watch the waves.  It is such a serene spot.  Hard to believe it is just on the edge of a neighborhood.

These flowers steal the show and should be additions to your garden next year!

Lobelia, Cardinal flower, a hummingbird favorite.  Dried and thrown to the wind by Mesquakie Indians to subside approaching storms.  Also added to love potions.  Pretty powerful plant!wilmette3

Blue vervain, a favorite of Native Indians to sooth fits, and used by American Revolution era herbalists as a health tonic.

wilmette5Please note, do not try to be an herbalist without proper training.  Dry plants, grow plants, but don’t ingest unless you know what is what.

Enjoy the wilderness!

 

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