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Happy Trails

Last time camping under the old, oak tree… I wish you the best, my friend.

I was thinking that my last post, the one that has been static on my site was a scary selfie of me in a welding helmet… That just can’t continue for any longer! 😉 This post will serve as a better landing spot for my blog and describe its status.

We recently went to our favorite campground, Hickory Hollow in Utica, Illinois. It is right near the Starved Rock area. Every September, you can count on us to be attending the wine festival! This year’s fest was a bit less chaotic, as last year’s fest was a madhouse. Because of this and the ticket prices doubling, we were able to get around much easier this year.

We were very melancholy, as the sand mine (just past the berm behind the camper) has bought the campground to destroy it for the sand it stands on. How sad is that?!? I can’t describe the pain I feel for my favorite burr oak tree (next to camper). It’s like knowing a friend with a deadly disease… knowing that in a short time, their life will end sooner than it should. I need a subject change… my blubbering is upsetting my dogs.


I have been researching my future ventures en mass! I have a plan for my future schooling in Horticulture Therapy, which starts this January, finishing in the Fall of 2018. Not too long! I have also decided to try to open my own business revolving around Nature Therapy. This will include Forest Bathing (shinrin-yoku (森林浴) in Japanese), and other programs for nursing homes. I’ll try focusing in those arenas first, and see if I need to branch out or not. I will post updates…

Hubby is doing super at quitting smoking! It’s been 4 months now!

For our Annual Christmas Camping Vacation….. GALVESTON, TEXAS is the winning location for 2017!!! We’re already booked and have started researching things to see and do. If you have any insider info, please pass it on 🙂 We will also be needing a Texas themed audio book for the 18 hour ride down there. Last year we listened to, “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil” for our ride to Savannah.

Here’s a funny coincidence, well, maybe not so funny… We decided on Galveston one week before Hurricane Harvey hit them. Last year, we decided to go to Savanna, Georgia one week before Hurricane Matthew hit them. Hmmm, are we dooming the cities we choose to visit to hurricanes? Maybe next year, we shouldn’t pick a coastal city 😉

I hope everyone in my blog-o-spere is doing well. I’ve visited the WP Reader a few times. It’s really hard to be in there too long. I could have an hour blow by in what feels like a second. I love reading everyone’s posts, however I MUST STUDY!!! When my life has settled down, I will return to the reader and posting myself. Until then, I hope the best for all of you! I do miss our fun in the comment’s section!

Take care!!! Ilex

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-10-2016

June already…

I’m actually not that taken back my it. The season is still young. It’s still Spring although Mother Nature has put her Summer dress on. Like I said before, some flowers are coming on faster than I can get a photo of them. Sadly, some flowers are verrrrry short bloomed (under 3 weeks). I find it really hard to justify these in my garden at times. One of these is the Iris. I have some rhizomes from my Dad’s house, which his Mother had hybridized. I don’t refer to her as my Grandmother, as I never met her (or my Grandfather) as they died when my Dad was young (early 20’s).  There were no notes left about what she had done to the Iris, just the story my Dad would tell about her having many around the house and her pollinating them when they bloomed. Sadly, many had succumb to the blades of the lawnmower, as my Father couldn’t see the difference in the blades. Sad face.

I just realized there are no Iris in this set of pix (lame)… I will mention in the future Blooming post when they pop-up.

Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, time stays, we go. ~Henry Austin Dobson – Blooming in 201320142015

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Baptisia australis ~ False indigo   |   Bellis perennis ~ English Daisy


Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’ – Miss Kim Lilac

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Dianthus gratianopolitanus   |   A Twofer! Dogwood and peony!

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Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Brilliantissimum’ (with lilac and arb)   |   Itea virginica ~ Virginia sweetspire + my fat finger!

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Cornus alba argenteo-marginata ~ Varigated dogwood   |   Picea pungens ~ Colorado blue spruce

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Salvia × sylvestris ‘Mainacht’ (purple) ~ Sage   |  Maianthemum stellatum ~ star-flowered, starry, or little false Solomon’s seal

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Blooming Flowers 6-7-2016

Happy Tuesday!!

Hop on the wayback machine to see what I found blooming in 201320142015


I’m going to guess here – Sisyrinchium angustifolium ~ Blue eyed grass


Euphorbia ~ Not sure of variety

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Centaurea montana ~ Amethyst in snow cornflower  |  Phlox divaricata ‘May Breeze’


Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ ~ Lungwort


Looks like Veronica ‘Waterperry’, but not sure.


Trollius chinensis ‘Gloden Queen’ ~ Globeflower

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Dennstaedtia punctilobula ~ Haysented fern  |  Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Mrs. Moon’ ~ Lungwort


Phlox stolonifera ‘Sherwood purple’

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl