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Door County Flowers

I can’t say enough about the beauty of Door County, Wisconsin! On top of all the nature-made stuff to ogle over, the humans do a pretty good job with the flowers. If you’re not familiar with Door County, it is a small peninsula with Lake Michigan on one side and Green Bay on the other. There are many little towns along the two main highways on each side. Many have no more than a post office, a gift shop and a bar… ya-know,  just the essentials! Ha!

Other towns really sold to the tourists. We like to visit these towns during the first few (week)days to avoid the crowds. Granted, there’s really not that many folks here. There’s no McDonald’s (no ‘chains’ of any type), amusement parks, movie theaters, water slides… Just small town charm.



This first pot looks just like mine 🙂 Good taste!!


Love the mix of sedum, succulents and annual flowers




Goats on the roof!

We found another plant kaleidoscope! I really want my hubby to make me one.

Even the Post Office was planted to the nines.

Wool RV birdhouse. Very Cute!


This spruce is a cell tower! How’s that for a disguise?!? I wish more could be made to look like trees.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 5-9-2017

Happy second week of May. Last weeks rain was pretty tough on the tree farmers. If you guys were not aware, many trees have specific times they can be dug. Some trees have a large window, other trees the window is more like a peep hole. Pears can only be dug while in flower, Maples only while they are budding and most other plants need to harden off their new growth before being dug.

Please be kind to your landscaper. Trees don’t grow on trees 😉

Click to see previous years blooms 2016201520142013

Lonicera tatarica ~ Tartarian honeysuckle

My shade / spring ephemeral garden (Where’s Breck?)


Geum coccineum ‘Cooky’ ~ Cooky Avens or Scarlet Avens  ||   Vaccinium corymbosum ~ Blueberry!

Lamiastrum galeobdolon ‘Yellow Archangel’

Polemonium caeruleum ~ Jacobs Ladder


Thlaspi arvense ~ Field Pennycress   ||   Polemonium caeruleum ~ Variegated Jacobs Ladder


Uvularia grandiflora – large-flowered bellwort or merrybells   ||  Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’ ~ Honeysuckle

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 5-10-2016

Happy Monday!

I hoped everyone had a wonderful Mother’s day.

Take two steps forward and one step back to see what I found blooming in 201320142015.

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Uvularia grandiflora – large-flowered bellwort or merrybells  |  Polemonium caeruleum – Jacob’s Ladder

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Fothergilla gardenii  |  Mertensia virginica – Virginia bluebells

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Geum coccineum ‘Cooky’ ~ Avens  |  Centaurea montana ~ Mountain bluet


Chaenomeles japonica ‘Texas Scarlet’ – Quince


Chaenomeles japonica ‘Orange Delight’ – Quince

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Borg Ship Dog Toy

We were near a Pet Smart and Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was bare. We always peruse the store for bargins. The boys really like large balls like volley and soccer size balls, but they pop them quite quickly. The fun isn’t completely over, as the ‘ball bowl’ is now just easier to grab onto. However, no more kicking, rolling or chasing. I checked into the cost for a durable dog product of that size.. Ouch $45. My boys can get through things both cheap and well-made. That is 5 cheap volley balls. I then spied a large square ‘ball’ – It’s a Chuckit Kick Cube. Hmmm. $12.50 clearance. How bad can this be? They could easily bite the edges instead of having to bite a round surface.  There is a rubber part in the square’s centers that make kicking it a breeze, however it’s very unpredictable.

As a Star Trek fan, I immediately dubbed it the Dorg Ship (Borg).


Oreo figured out how to pick it up first. Breck learned how to head-butt it out of Oreo’s mouth first!


© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Blooming Flowers 8-19-2015

Here are some beautiful blooms to enjoy on your wonderful Wednesday!

Would you like to see what was blooming in 2014 or blooming in 2013? Click respectively.


Kalimeris incisa ‘Blue Star’ ~ Japanese aster


Hmmm, didn’t get a close enough to figure it out… Drat.


Allium cernuum ~ nodding onion or lady’s leek

Helianthus hirsutus ~ Hairy Sunflower


Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Lord Baltimore’ ~ Rose Mallow

This is 8 inches wide! And I’m lucky enough to have it in my front yard.


Impatiens capensis ~ the orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not, or orange balsam

This is a cure for poison ivy. If you happen to have stumbled into some ivy… back away and looks for this plant. It usually likes to be near stream beds. Break the stems apart and rub on the exposed parts of your skin.

Erigeron strigosus ~ Daisy Fleabane


Gaura lndheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’ ~ Wand Flower


Hydrangea paniculata ~ Tardiva on left and Limelight on right.


Silphium perfoliatum ~ cup plant or cup-plant


Crazy sky!!


Thunbergia alata ~ Black eyed Susan vine

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Why My Dogs Can’t Come to the Playdate…

Um, which is which?

They are a match and sound the same! Milo “My-My” to his closest friends, is a neighbor. He has a bit of a breathing condition that causes him to sound just like the toy’s grunting. Milo doesn’t really like other dogs, but loves scratches from long nails. I’m not sure what my boys would think, considering this guy is a dead-ringer for a favorite toy of theirs. I’m sure the would just shake their doggy heads!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Chocolate Pork

imageMy husband came up with this concoction after we had bought a large amount of pork shoulder. It’s based on a Mexican pork recipe. I like it over rice with cheddar cheese and sour cream. I call it ‘Chocolate Pork’ only because he asked me if I could tell what the secret ingredient was. I couldn’t spot the chocolate and the name stuck.

  • 3 lbs. of pork shoulder – cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 2 tbsn. oil
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 2 tbsn. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. organo
  • 2 tbsn. bakers chocolate powder


Mix up all of the dry ingredients and use as a rub on all of the pork chunks. This can now marinate for as long as you’d like. We feel the spices still get into the mix, even without marinating.

Heat up the pressure cooker.

Dice the onions and caramelize them in the pan. Add the garlic and brown a bit. Remove from the pan. Brown the pork chunks. Put everything back in and cook for 15 minutes per pound. Cool in pot for 15 minutes.

I really must like this wine, (I’m having it again!) Schlink Haus Reisling and Spätlese, both are sweet wines from Germany. They are quite reasonable at $10 per bottle.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Border Collie Sundial


10:00 AM

Breck loves the sun. I mean really loves the sun!! In the winter, my southern window projects a good 8 feet of sunlight on the living room floor. I get very little in the summer. Last Saturday, when I could actually witness the sun pouring in, I watched Breck move as the sun traveled across the floor.

I think we all should enjoy the sun a bit more. Life is so overwhelming at times and it really shouldn’t be. I often wonder what it would like to be a wild animal. There’s only four things that need to be done. Eat, Drink, Sleep and Sex. I think I left the best for last!

Who thought that having material things were a good thing? Now it is to the point where things like a cell phone, computer and cable T.V. are considered things you can’t live without and are even supplied to people on public aid. I tried to give my working projection T.V. away and charities do not want it as it is old technology!

So, here’s to taking some time to relax and lay in the sun. Go be a dog!


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©  Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl