Prickly Pear cactus blooming in cultivation

This native cactus is growing on our third floor balcony in the Philadelphia house.  From time to time it will drop a segment and we will put it in a new container with some sand in a little bit of soil hopefully to mimic the way it grows along the Jersey shore .   Then a new cactus will grow. Now it is flowering  abundantly!

Having the cactus on this balcony is a strategic move. We wanted a plant that was basically zero maintenance.  The balcony gets plenty of sun and other plants have proven to not survive without regular watering.

Iris versicolor at Concourse Lake, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, 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

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!