It's wonderful to love New York all over again.
I think the Highline is spectacular. In another rainstormy day, during the peak of which, inbetween some echinacea and a sea of grass, my instant, $6 umbrella died an undignified death, we looked at late summer blooms and got soaked by hard rain and steamed by hot sun.
Designed by landscape architecture and urban design firm James Corner Field Operations with planting design by Piet Oudolf, and with architecture firm Diller Scofidio and Renfro...I really want to see a plant list. Thank you, Mr Oudolf.
The signature concrete planks or ties with grasses and perennials popping up inbetween. The sumac of the first picture warmed my heart, as it is so clearly a tribute to what grew here when the railroad was abandoned, and photographed by Joel Sternfield, whose work surely inspired the massive private cash injection into this old landscape.
Iris. What iris??? [Iris fulva, or copper iris. Thanks, NYCGarden!]
And what is this below? Just coming into bloom, from a distance, I thought...noooo, it can't be, not chrysanthemums: because the mound is that sturdy, about 3 feet broad and tall. Is it a sort of coreopsis? Anyone? I know it not at all. Exciting. [Red helenium...thank you Quiltcat!]
Looking south from near 20th Street
North up 10th Avenue.
Over that mystery, late summer perennial again.
Sigh. Just gorgeous. Panicum grass left and fore.
Rudbeckia and Gehry.
Is this a fescue? It's below the Standard Hotel, in the greener, birch treed part of the park.
I was happy to see calamintha, below, growing wildly. Good luck when that starts self-seeding.
Grass at the hotel's foot. Calamagrostis?
And the descent to Gansevort Street.
Can't wait to go back.