Jun 20 2024

News from Kruse: June 2024

Posted at 10:42 am under Kruse House

By Marilyn Santos McNabb

The vast assortment of perennials and beautiful shrubs and trees are coming to life at Kruse Gardens after a fairly good spring rain!  The purple larkspurs are so stunning next to the bright orange poppies!  Both are reseeds from last year!  The blooms of the Persicaria next to the pond is like smoke coming out of the greenery! the rose campion is beautiful in its rich magenta flowers next to the double petaled feverfew!

On to the front of the house, the Shasta daisies are starting to open, the planters are gorgeous with the deep purple and green kale accompanied by white angelonia and purple stock!  The very tall pink snapdragons are almost done with its first batch of blooms, time to pinch back, gather and save the seeds, and in a few weeks will shoot their next beautiful buds!

On the side west side of the house, are beautiful stands of sweet peas and a great contrast of shades of green from the grasses, boxwoods and juniper! Oftentimes, we forget that the different textures of leaves, and shades of green, sizes of the leaves, add so much interest and impact to a simple driveway.

Art installation: Painted Olmec headLastly, stop by and view the art work reminiscent of ancient Olmec  statues carved between 1200BCE to 400BCE.  The Olmecs , an aztec term meaning rubber people, given to the inhabitants of the gulf coast, now known as VeraCruz and Tabasco, created heads, quarried and carved to commemorate their rulers. There are 4 total pieces scattered all over West Chicago.

We welcome you to visit Kruse House Gardens and if you are interested in working in the gardens we are there Wednesdays, 9:00 to 11:30am.

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