Jun 18 2020

June 2020 News from Kruse

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Waterlilies

Kruse Garden Waterlilies

By Barbara Darrah

Well, it’s been an interesting spring, hasn’t it? No potting parties, no plant sale and no garden club meetings. With almost everything closed, we’ve spent a lot of time at home. Thank goodness we are gardeners. As spring arrived, we were able to get out into our yards, dig into the dirt and get our hands dirty in an entirely safe way. We recently had friends out from the city and they seemed to bask in the chance to sit out in the garden and
enjoy the hot sun.

Kruse flowersHere at Kruse we have been extra lucky because we have been able to meet with friends while we worked together (at a safe distance) to open the grounds again to spring. We watched the tulips and iris open and fade and this week saw the water lilies open up and the heritage rose bushes teem with blossoms. It is truly a pleasure to maintain such a lovely place for others to visit freely.

Monet's Garden

Monet’s garden at Giverney

Last year at this time our family was together on vacation in Paris . Ironically, they were having Saturday protests that were turning violent, so we decided to leave town and take the train to Giverney to visit Monet’s garden. It was as lush and beautiful as we expected and I am reminded that no matter how the world has changed in the more than 100 years that it has existed (including two world wars), nature still has the power to outlast all our follies and weaknesses.

Util we can meet again at our next meeting; Happy Gardening from the Kruse crew. If you want to join the Kruse House crew this year,
regular work days are Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon, though adjustable to fit your schedule. Contact Billie Childress or Kerry Perry or mail the club and the message will be forwarded to both of them.

May 20 2020

May 2020 News from Kruse

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Red Bud

Red Bud in Kruse Garden

By Kerry Perry

Wonderful things are blooming in the Kruse House Garden. The back hill is a breathtaking blue carpet of grape hyacinths (Muscari). They are fading now but flocks, bee balm, camassia, bears breeches and penstemon are beginning to peak out. Celadine poppies are blooming bright yellow, as are dwarf iris and the peonies already have buds.

The Red Bud in the back corner of the garden is beautiful – a pretty pink.

Tulips

Tulips in Kruse Garden

The 200 tulip bulbs planted last fall are absolutely spectacular. The tulips are tall, multiple colors, and sturdy; they even survived the hard freeze.

The butterflies are back! We’re happy to have seven works of art grace the garden. Thanks to People Made Visible and Gallery 200, we’ve included four butterflies that were installed around town last year. Included are two that were created by West Chicago elementary students.

Butterfly Butterfly

Spring FlowersTake a break and walk the garden, immerse yourself in the magic of May.

If you want to join the Kruse House crew this year, regular work days are Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon, though adjustable to fit your schedule. Contact Billie Childress or Kerry Perry or email WestChicagoGardenClub@gmail.com and the message will be forwarded to both of them.

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