More Mum images as they open to provide cool colors for cooler days. See “unfolding beauty” from a few posts ago. Just like persons, mum blooms are unique to themselves. They are similar in form and function with unique characteristics including growth stages. Each bloom is approximately one inch in diameter.
Mum bud. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
Mum twins at separate stages of growth. Copyright 2016
Fall garden closeup of Mums. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Asymmetrical mum. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Micro view of fall Aster. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Along the lake’s edge, close to where the Frost Asters were abundant, was one cluster of Asters with pale violet hues. They appeared to be a soft purple until looked close and the striped pattern was revealed. I’m unsure of the species and wonder if it might be a hybrid Aster.
Unknown Aster along Lake Michigan’s shore. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Side view of Jerusalem Artichoke. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
I first became aware of Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) when I toured a perennial farm outside of Racine Wisconsin. They recommended it as dependable, colorful addition to any perennial Midwest garden. The native plants in this image adjoin the migratory bird preserve in Lincoln Park, along Lake Michigan. Their presence, just a few blocks from our new condo, makes me feel more at home in this bustling urban neighborhood.
These images show more context of Jerusalem Artichoke to their environment and stages of bloom than the previous single image with the spider and dangling petal. Jerusalem Artichokes are one of a multitude of late-summer, early fall, sunflowers.
For those that like to eat what they grow, check out the following site: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/vegetables/growing-jerusalem-artichokes-zmaz10onzraw.
Close up of the back of the Jerusalem Artichoke
Lake Michigan wild blooms. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
Changing to seed head. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
I can’t help but wonder, when I walk old pathways through established neighborhoods, what stories lie within the paths. Some are known by historians. But many stories are lost; a few are family memories handed down to new generations. The physical histories are lost as new windows replace the old, new doors offer more welcoming entrances, new plants replace those past their time, and new residents appear.
I step on Victorian bricks,
on a Victorian Chicago street,
with Victorian homes on each side.
Who else has walked these bricks before me? Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
If this dog could talk
If this home could talk,
What have they witnessed over time? Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Prolific vine on estate’s antique fence. Copyright 2016 Pamela Breitberg
Some Chicago neighborhoods are host to turn-of-the-century town homes. Many have established gardens, possibly of similar age, at least the perennials appear to belong to the established homes. This image was taken in Wicker Park neighborhood, which though rich with condominiums still had several blocks of stately town home mansions on generous sized lots.
The cautioning black iron fence surrounding one property was softened with this vine bursting with feathery white blooms. Closer views show the delicate beauty of the flowers. White on white with tender shades of green lend for a calming moment of focus during an otherwise city walk.
Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg
Portrait of a blossom. Copyright 201, Pamela Breitberg