September 19, 2021

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Wildflowers from Staten Island

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Today’s photos are from Virginia Sherry.

I’m writing to you from Staten Island, the greenest borough of New York City, where I have gardened for over 60 years. I’d like to share information and recent photos about one of our borough’s treasures: the 13-acre Greenbelt Native Plant Center, a nursery, greenhouse, and seed-bank complex. Its primary mission is to provide seeds and potted native plants in support of the restoration and management of many of the city’s most significant natural areas.

The photos I’ve included here were taken by me on a visit to the center on April 26, 2021, just in time to catch some of the native perennials in spring bloom.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis, Zones 3–8) dances in the wind.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens, Zones 4–8) is about to flower. When they open, the blooms will be long, red, beautiful trumpets—much loved by hummingbirds.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe fruits that follow the flowers of wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana, Zones 4–9) are tiny but fragrant and delicious.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe delicate little daisy blooms of this Eastern daisy fleabane (Erigeron annus, annual) are visited by a wide range of pollinators.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsRue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides, Zones 4–8), a spring-blooming native, is ephemeral, quickly going dormant and vanishing after flowering.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsRed chokecherry (Aronia arbutifolia, Zones 4–9)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsIt’s easy to see that the blooms of wild columbine cater to hummingbirds, with their long red spurs holding nectar.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWild geranium (Geranium maculatum, Zones 3–8) is another spring ephemeral, specialized to get up, flower, and photosynthesize before the tree canopy fully leafs out and blocks the sun from the woodland floor.

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