22 July 2010

Society Blooms Continued

The late spring walk through the American Horticultural Society was most intriguing at the meadow. It was wild and natural, yet at the same time tidy and cultured. I felt like walking inside an impressionist painting. The meadow was also an attraction for wildlife - fox dens were found, birdhouses had no vacancies, and butterflies used it as a stopover hub.

Native golden coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) were found blooming. What I thought to be another coreopsis was actually the Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), sparse but calling attention to itself with its vibrant red color among the green and with its unusual shape. The Coreopsis grandiflora, red version, also stood out.
Coreopsis grandiflora

Coreopsis tinctoria

Ratibida columnifera

Perfuming the air around the grounds were the old giant magnolia tree and the lilies. The lilies were not labeled.

Garden Calendar:
  • Blooming: pink cosmos, mexican zinnia, petunia, red cosmos, nicotiana,
    calendula, phlox, cleome, coneflower, salvia
  • Harvested: 3 cucumbers, 1 tomato (season's first)

2 comments:

how to garden better said...
I like them all, they are all so pretty! :)
Alison Kerr said...
What a wonderful place to visit. I've never seen a fox den, though I have seen a fox crossing the street in my neighborhood at dusk. Who knows, maybe it visits my garden at night when I'm not looking. It would be fun to find out some day!