The Lurie Garden in March (2018)
March had been a mostly frigid month, and so there aren’t an abundance of blooms. Yet there are patches of color, here and there.
I love these blue and white Glory-Of-The-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii).
They’ve naturalized nicely on both sides of the boardwalk.
Perhaps I should have mentioned earlier that Lurie has been given a crew cut. Incidentally, it really struck me how the boardwalk is sloping rather than flat. This enables you to look at the garden from different heights – especially important when the only things to look at are very close to the ground.
Here we’re looking south towards the Art Institute of Chicago. Some of the grasses and forbs were left longer than others, as a favor to overwintering insects.
Another flower you can find at Lurie Garden these days is Tubergen Squill (Scilla mischtschenkoana). Tubergen Squill is celebrated for the fact that it has 7 consonants in a row in its species name. A dainty-looking flower that is undaunted by cold weather and the blue stripes are very fetching.
Tubergen Squill hasn’t naturalized here as much as the Chionodoxa, and I must say it doesn’t look as good at a distance.
There are Crocuses as well. I think these are ‘Barr’s Purple’.
Crocuses are scattered singly over patches of the garden. I’m surprised they haven’t been eaten by rabbits. Perhaps the fuzzy demons will allow the Crocuses to naturalize.
Other bulbs and wildflowers are also emerging. You can see the leaves of Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Narcissi, and some Tulips. Spring is indeed coming, though at an exceedingly slothful pace.
On my way to and from the Lurie Garden I always pass Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate sculpture, also known as The Bean (though I did once here someone refer to it as The Potato). I’ve gotten so used to it that I hardly notice it anymore. This time something made me take notice of it again. It is a remarkable piece of public art, and always, always surrounded by a crowd.