Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sterling Nature Center: Beauties of Spring and Spring Beauties

spring beauty Claytonia virginica

red trillium, wakerobin Trillium erectum

cutleaf toothwart Cardamine concatenata

[not identified]

large-flowered trillium Trillium grandiflorum

Dutchman's breeches Dicentra cucullaria

early meadow rue Thalietrum dioicum

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge: Bloodroot and Trout Lily

 Sanguinaria canadensis, in the same order as daisies, in the same family as poppies.

Erythronium, in the lily family.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Landscap Details Revealed in Lower Onondaga Park

A city crew removed brush, cleaned up this old stone retaining wall, and planted shrubs and perennials last year. The building is still boarded up.

The loss of so many people to the suburbs in the last century meant Syracuse now lacks the population density to support and maintain the parks as they once were. One can spot old carriage paths, rock gardens and grottos, ball fields, lamp posts, overgrown plantings, and concession and community buildings everywhere. The parks have character. There are pleasant surprises to be found in every one of them.

It is easy to imagine that once upon a time far greater numbers of people enjoyed long rides, strolls, and picnics in these gems. Sheer numbers meant one felt safe at any hour of the day or night.

People who are still here love their parks, form associations for their preservation and maintenance, keep them picked up, advocate for them, raise money for bulbs, plants and landscaping, restore and repurpose buildings, and create annual events that get people out! They are passionate!

The city will support these efforts, deliver compost upon request, pick up brush and trash, take away diseased and dead trees, contract for mowing. It opens the pools and reserves shelters for family reunions.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Remnants of Rural Life at the Edge of the City

 A barn out back.
Along Midland Ave. in the Valley, only a mile from the center of the city, these houses and their out buildings back up to Onondaga Creek. 

A carriage house.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dogtooth Violet in Elmwood Park

This earliest of the early bloomers, also called adder's tongue, trout lily, 
is the lily Erythronium americanum.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five New Flowers


 ...some relative of Dutchman's Britches?

early daffodil

 tiny early tulip

moss fruiting bodies and moose 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Our Flowers, So Far

Winter Aconite Eranthis

Snowdrops Galanthus

 Crocuses Crocus

  Reticulated Iris Iris reticulata

 Witch Hazel (2 types) Hamamelis

Dogwood Cornus Mas

 Lenten rose (4 types) Hellebore