3 July 2021
As June turned into July I found yarrow (Achillea millefolium) blooming an unusual pink in Schenley Park.
Daisy fleabane (Erigeron annuus) flowers close at night and reopen in the morning. I caught these petals in the act at Frick Park on the last day of June.
Sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta) turned its face to the sun at Piney Tract on 23 June.
Blooming now in Schenley Park, bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) opens its flowers from the bottom up.
The word bladder has unpleasant connotations but also describes anything both inflated and hollow. The bladdernut tree (Staphylea trifolia) has inflated and hollow seed pods, seen yesterday at Frick Park.
And on the subject of bladders, bladder campion’s (Silene vulgaris) pink, inflated flowers drew our attention at Piney Tract on 23 June. Thanks to Barb Griffith for the photo.
Two species in this list are not native to North America. Can you name which ones?
(photos by Kate St. John and Barb Griffith)