Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring in Central Park

The serviceberries (Amelanchier spp., also called Juneberries, and shadblow - note to self, go to Chelsea Market to find shad!) in Central Park broke bud a few days ago. 

And these are the weeks of the Virginia bluebell (Mertensia virginica). 

True blue. By summer, they will have disappeared. Good companion plants for ferns.

In this wonderful patch they share space with May apples (Podopyllum peltatum) and the weedy lesser celandine (Ficaria verna), which has overrun this part of the North Woods; very pretty, but suffocating in its habit.

I was surprised by how many May apple patches I saw in this part of the park. Very nice.

In one spot it was losing a battle with mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), below - also very invasive. 

The trout lilies (Erythronium americanum) have opened. It still amazes me that one can see this collection of Northeast American natives in the city of 8.3-something million human beings. 

Drifts of violets. This was late in the afternoon, after rain, and there were very few people in the park.

The mystery rope nets, below.

In the winter I decided they were for erosion control. I doubt anyone thinks they could suppress the lesser celandine. I must find someone to ask.

This Saturday's walk, farther south,  in the Ramble, should be a good one...

More here: Spring ramble

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