Thursday, September 15, 2016

Butterfly meadow - Pier 6

I love having a bicycle. Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 6 is now a 5 minute ride away. Wide skies, water, and the Butterfly Meadow. This monarch was one of several flitting about the butterfly weed (Asclepias incarnata, swamp milkweed - I have this species in our garden, too).

Swamp milkweed blooms later than common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and reblooms sometimes, with flowers appearing at the same time as seedpods.

Above: I think this is Northeast native Liatris scariosa (New England blazing star), although the Brooklyn Bridge Park plant list does not reflect that. It is later-blooming than the Liatris spicata  that made me so happy this year, at home.

The fall plantings are ablaze. Not sure what these are, yet.

September skies and oxeye sunflowers, Heliopsis helianthoides.

I will be leading a forage walk on behalf of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on September 28th. The park is stuffed with indigenous aromatics and edibles and it's a beautiful spot to learn how to use them and where to plant them in your own garden. Tickets are available on the BBP website: $5 for members and $10 for non members.

Otherwise the next walks are on October 8th and 15th in Central Park and Prospect Park. See link below.



  1. regarding yesterday's good suggestion on perhaps ? moving on.
    I had a comment yesterday on a handful of people COMPLAINING about the hanging baskets, put up in our townhome complex, I didn't mention we, as well as the old couple who left, both owned our properties, so if anyone buys into a townhome complex, read the rules ! before committing.

  2. Gorgeous photos!Happy Friday to you ♥

  3. I love swamp milkweeds; in my family's Michigan garden they would bloom for two months straight, and attract lots of monarchs and feed their caterpillars; they never seemed to want the other milkweeds when given the choice.

  4. Marie, the mystery flower in the next to last pick may be Solidago rigida. I didn't know it existed until about a year ago, but now I see it in gardens rather frequently. Cool leaves, nice blooms, well behaved and doesn't look like so many of the others. Cheers!

    1. Yes, that looks right! Thank you so much, Paul :-)


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