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

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

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!

Sweetgum in West Fairmount Park

May 23rd, 2017

This mature sweetgum has been a part of our twice daily walk through the park for some years now. Its a one-of a kind up here on this piedmont plateau where Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of 1876 was located.

Most commonly found on the sandy soils of the coastal plain, this tree was most likely planted about 100 years ago.

It had a long and happy life up here. It was fun watching it through the seasons. It had a rotting trunk and I knew that eventually it would have to come down.

It got one more chance to leaf out.

With progress came the bittersweet. The Parkside Edge project, a much awaited infrastructure investment of Park amenities was initiated this spring and the tree was finally taken down.

While we may not have the pleasure of a sweetgum tree nearby, many more trees are being planted and the urban park lifecycle continues on.