Two Walks in the Lurie Garden
At my annual checkup I was told to try walking for a half hour every day in addition to whatever other exercise I was already doing. Luckily for me, the Lurie Garden is just about 10 minute walk from my office.
These are pictures I took with my phone during two recent walks. The first was on an overcast day, the second day was sunny. This is a picture of the boardwalk and water feature seen from Lurie’s northern entrance.
‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and skyscrapers on a cloudy October day.
Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) seedheads with Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia).
A drift of Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) showing off its fall colors.
Arkansas Bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtiii) and some kind of Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum). I like the fine textured green leaves of the Bluestar combined with the fuzzy, silvery leaves of the Mountain Mint.
Big mounds of Bluestar, both A. hubrichtii and A. tabernaemontana with its wider leaves, shape the feel of the garden at this time of year. From here they look to me like big fuzzy green pillows I’d like to just wallow in.
The ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrass with its red tips is a big presence, matched here with some even more dramatic Fountain Grass – Pennisetum of some kind.
More Fountain Grass, the seedheads catching the light on a sunny afternoon.
I wish I knew the name of that grass that is really glowing just to the right of center. Amazing how it catches the light.
The round seedheads of the Echinaceas look like little brown polka dots.
And here’s the view as I am about to leave through the north entrance.
I do feel very lucky to work so close to the Lurie Garden (at least when I am not travelling), a place I can never get tired of. What better motivation for taking a stroll than a garden that is so wonderfully satisfying in every season?