Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
On Jeanette's advice, good advice, I've been monitoring the Phlox and Joe Pye Weed outside the Herb Garden driveway
It was interesting watching them today; they are just as territorial and just as pugnacious as hummingbirds plus occasionally they get into it with the carpenter bees who are about the same size. I like insects, invertebrates in general actually. At some point when I was younger I accumulated a collection of books, popular and scientific about insects. I have all of Fabre and a few dozen other volumes. I've often thought that by the time I reach a point in my life when my mobility lessens even more than it already has, I'd like to have a planting of insect friendly plants that I could watch from a user friendly location; maybe Sedums, Weigelas, Eupatoriums, Phlox, Angelica. Maybe even Evodia, not the big invasive Tetradium, but the small one at the top of China Valley. It definitely bears thinking about. I'll start that list today.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:26 PM
I was curious about the nature of their outing, they'd told me they were from the ANS, which I know from having been a member is the Audubon Naturalist Society, so I googled their event. I discovered that today was part of a Summer in the Parks program that encouraged members and non-members to see and learn while experiencing various habitats in various locations around the area.
"Join two naturalists to explore the summer richness of parks in the Potomac Watershed. As summer arrives and progresses into its muggy days and nights, wetlands and meadows soak up the sun and come alive with plant and wildlife activity. We’ll explore these habitats with walks of up to 2 - 3 miles, at a slow summer pace, in search of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians, and summer plant life. "
They were finding butterflies everywhere and identified half a dozen for me in about a minute. The heat didn't seem to diminish their enthusiasm any, or if it did they must be a frightening bunch when it cools off.
Posted by ChrisU at 3:00 PM
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Posted by ChrisU at 4:51 PM
The signage work in the Asian Collections has stopped for a bit but we have every expectation it will resume and finish
Posted by ChrisU at 4:45 PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Posted by ChrisU at 4:30 PM
Candy Lily, Pardancanda norissii: whatever you call them we have a nice mixed planting in the Asian Collections
Posted by ChrisU at 4:21 PM
Monday, July 19, 2010
Posted by ChrisU at 2:48 PM
I did weekend watering yesterday, Sunday, and I was struck by how many plants belonged to Fern Valley. Then I stopped to think that, for the last 2+ years, FV has been non-stop rescuing plants that lived in the path of construction: the new Trail System or the Irrigation.....at the same time unprecedented numbers of seed collections were going on. It all adds up. The construction seems to be just about done save a bit of fine tuning so those plants can go back into the ground. But likely not till the fall. I think by this point I might have thrown my hands up but I guess that's really not an option. Anyway, the hardest part seems to be over.
In the picture below, the fringe along the road is all Elephantopus and it has all resprouted since the trench was filled about a week ago. Wow. I love this plant though with some reservations. It is frightening how fast it came back on this site. Still, it has wonderfully textured foliage in basal rosettes, nice purple/blue flowers, and never seems to be fazed by drought. Flora of North America lists 4 species, one of which is a major component of the dry flora around the Florida Garden.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:44 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Posted by ChrisU at 12:33 PM
And before you get to the Rose Garden where Rosa bracteata straddles a fence bearing single saucer-shaped flowers held horizontally.
Posted by ChrisU at 12:26 PM
Watering on the east Terrace of the Admin Building (USNA) I was struck by all the variegated Aroids and Canna 'Stuttgart'?
Posted by ChrisU at 12:14 PM