Archive for the ‘Native Plants’ Category

Magnolia grandiflora in full bloom, June 18, 2017

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Magnolia grandiflora, named after French botanist Pierre Magnol. Here growing in cultivation in West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. Native range in the south eastern United States.

Iris versicolor at Concourse Lake, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, June 3rd, 2017

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

This is flowering in our back yard, in our urban vacant lot turned native plant garden, and at the native plant park in our neighborhood, as well as in the parking lot of the Please Touch Museum, also in our neighborhood.  Enjoying it while it is here for this fleeting moment. Now thinking about collecting some seeds from our specimens and propagating this wonderful native species of Iris!





Tulip Poplar blooms at Independence Historical Park

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Next to Carpenters Hall and near Independence Hall the flowers of the Liriodendron tulipifera were to be found on the ground.

The petals

 The flower is about the size and shape of a tulip and has beautiful orange, green and yellow coloring.

Often the only way to see the flower is if it falls to the ground because the tree is so tall!