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Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly at the Lake View Nature Center

A Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly at the Lake View Nature Center on Wild Wednesday from G. Hung Fong on Vimeo.

A Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly at the Lake View Nature Center

The Lake View Nature Center showcased the Monarch Butterfly on Wild Wednesday, presented by Rebecca and Linda Zorn from the University of Illinois Extension in DuPage County. Visitors attended the free lecture and residents from the Deicke Home of the Retarded participated in the educational nature program sponsored by Target in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. At the end, Samantha, one of the visitors gave a homemade Monarch Butterfly crafted and designed by her at the Deicke Home for the Retarded.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Fragrance of Lilacs - L'Air du Temps de Lilas

Original Double-White Lilac Michael Buchner
In the year 2010, XXI, people celebrate the aromatic perfume of lilacs, in the Village of Lombard, thanks to Colonel William Rattle Plum and his wife, Helen Maria Plum’s foresight to purchase two (2) lilac specimen plants at the Lemoine Lilac Gardens and Nurseries, in Nancy, France–one hundred years ago in 1910. The Plums visited Victor Lemoine’s French Lilac Gardens and Nurseries in Nancy, France, and fell in love with the lilac plant species, “syringa vulgaris”, when Helen Plum selected to buy a double-white and a double-purple lilacs which William Plum christened Mme. Casimir-Perier and Michael Buchner.
The French horticulturist Victor Lemoine began cross-fertilizing lilacs of different species to develop the “French hybrid lilac“. Helen Plum was fascinated by the fragrance of lilac blossoms and dazzled by the spectrum of purple, mauve, and lilac hues captured by impressionist painters like Claude Monet, Matisse, and other modern artists who portrayed the French landscape and surroundings at Lilac Time.
Impressed by the Lemoine Lilac Gardens and Nurseries in 1910, the Plums began an extensive collection of lilacs after their 14-month Grand Tour of Europe and Russia. Thus, William and Helen Plum brought to the Village of Lombard a fragrance of Lilac Time.
Upon the Plums return to Lombard, William and Helen began to cultivate their Lombard estate garden described by Edna Thompson as “a thing of beauty extending into a 7.5 acre park along historic Maple Street and Park Avenue which displayed 275 varieties of lilac bushes with single, double, and semi-double blossoms, in a kaleidescope of colors from the purest white to azure blue, pinks, delicate lavenders, mauve, and deep vibrant purples. At that time, there were 1,500 lilac bushes, highlighting the colors of 45,000 tulips boasting 160 varieties blooming in unison at Lilac Time, from late April through May, annually. Colonel Plum named his estate “Lilacia”, creating his own Latin word for lilac to refer to his fragrant gardens.
According to the Lombard Historical Society, William Plum received a complimentary letter dated December 25, 1925, from Lemoine, France, stating that “Colonel Plum had the largest collection of lilacs in the world”, following the death of Victor Lemoine in 1911.
Lilac enthusiasts and visitors alike compared Lilacia to the Famous Botanical Gardens of Highland Park, New York, and the Arnold Arboreteum in Boston, Massachusetts.
William and Helen Plum acquired Lombard real estate property at the corner of Park Avenue and Maple Street early spring of 1868. The Plums’ acquisition was appraised at a value of $375 U.S. dollars with property taxes of $11.05 in DuPage County, Illinois during XIX.
In XXI, the Lombard Park District describes Lilacia Park as renowned historical landmark extending into an 8.5 acre botanical garden and treasure-trove, displaying only 200 varieties of lilacs and only 50 varieties of tulips during Lombard’s 140th anniversary and Lilac Time’s 80th anniversary in the year 2010.
If Colonel Plum and Helen Plum were alive today, the Plums would be very disappointed that the Village of Lombard Park District does not maintain the legacy of the original Lilacia Park bequeated by Colonel Plum upon his death during April 1927, as it was envisioned, appraised, and donated to the Village of Lombard.
Nowadays, Lemoine’s complimentary letter boasting the largest lilac collection in the world, would fall on deaf ears at the Lombard Park District, for Lilacia Park in 2010 does not have the same extensive lilac collection that Colonel Plum and Helen Plum had acquired after 1910, one hundred years ago, after his worldwide horticultural travels and lilac plants acquisitions in XX abroad.
In 2010, the lilacs at Lilacia Park are begging for attention to cover bare areas and empty plant borders neglected by the Lombard Park District. One hundred years later, Lilacia Park is in dire need of centennial attention. Where is the original lilac bush for the double-purple blossom lilac which in 1910, Colonel Plum and Helen Plum named Mme. Casimir-Perier, anywhere at the Lilac Park?

Friday, April 16, 2010

Walking Along Westmore-Meyers Road, I Found a Special Prayer On the Grass

On Friday morning, April 16, 2010, I found a Prayer To Obtain Favors While Walking...
Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.Today is a blessed day to reach out to others and share the faith in Jesus Christ, Our Lord, as the son of God, begotten by the Virgin Mary.