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Early season blooms at the Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University - Easter Sunday, 4/20/14

 1) Scilla

2) Narcissus, scilla 

3) Peony shoots

4) Naturalized narcissus outside the formal garden confines

5) Robust naturalized scilla

6) A white scilla variety 

A year ago, this is how far along the snowdrops were at the Shakespeare Garden in Evanston.  This year?  NOTHING.  We’re not alone, either… 

A year ago, this is how far along the snowdrops were at the Shakespeare Garden in Evanston.  This year?  NOTHING.  We’re not alone, either… 

Via Margaret Roach, a winter doodle by Andre Jordan.  Very North Shore-appropriate this winter.  

Via Margaret Roach, a winter doodle by Andre Jordan.  Very North Shore-appropriate this winter.  

Madison Road Trip, 10/11 - 13: 

1)  Dane County Farmers Market - and foliage! 

2) Fresh tortillas at the DCFM

3) Fabulous charcuterie at the Heritage Tavern, just off Capitol Square; Chef/owner Dan Fox not only makes all of the wonderful pork products pictured (rillettes, soppressata, country pate, pancetta wrapped around the pickled watermelon rind), but also raises the Mangalitsa pigs from which they are made.  Top notch food, even better service.  

4) Idyllic fall foliage in Mad City

5) The Arch at Camp Randall, pre-UW v. Northwestern 

6) The UW Marching Band, on the way from the Student Union to Camp Randall… 

7)  … and here come the Badgers!  

8) Gigantic student section, doing their traditional unprintable group cheers.  Ah, youth!  

Fall on the North Shore, Pt. I (Sept. 28-29, 2013)

1)  Wildflowers on the bluff at Elder Park Beach, Winnetka

2)  Thistle & goldenrod, Elder Park Beach, Winnetka

3)  Chokecherry tree, Northwestern University

4)  Perilla, Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University

5)  Asters, Goldenrod, and herbs, Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University

6)  Goldenrod & boxwood, Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University

7)  Glen thicket, exterior of Shakespeare Garden, Northwestern University