A sentient world at this season

Mid-Atlantic, US

Winterthur, legacy of Henry Francis du Pont, 1880-1969, American

Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Tyler Arboretum, Lima, PA, legacy of the Tyler Family whose grounds became a not-for-profit public garden in 1944 under the direction of the horticulturalist, John C. Wistar

Mt. Cuba, Delaware, legacy of the Lammot du Pont Copelands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oakleaf hydrangea

 

 

 

Mohrs Rosinweed (Silphium mohrii)

 

 

 

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Phlox

 

 

A variety of Stokes aster

 

 

 

A variety of clematis in flower and seed form

 

 

 

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 Turk’s Cap  (Lilium superbum) lilies retract their petals at the end of their blossoming period.  A black swallowtail is feeding

 

 

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2 varieties of Goldenrod (Solidago)

 

 

 

 

2 varieties of Bee balm (Monarda)

 

 

 

 

Cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis)

 

 

 

 

The algae loved this summer because it has been hot early and it is still hot.  Organic dye in the lakes at Mt. Cuba is not sufficient to restrain their growth and a gardener rakes them out (late July, 2021)

 

 

 

 

Bottlebrush buckeye (Aesculus parviflora):

 a deciduous woodland bush which increases size by putting out suckers so that it has a large understory where you can hide

 

 

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Swamp rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos)

 

 

 

 

Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) of the fragrant leaves from which I sometimes make tea and sometimes use to flavour vodka

 

 

 

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Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica); as in pinking shears)

 

 

 

 

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Native wild hydrangea varieties (Arborescens)

 

 

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A variety of milkweed (Asclepia syriaca) growing wild in a meadow at Winterthur. Fragrant

 

 

 

 

Plumleaf azalea (Rhododendron prunifolium)

 

 

 

 

Culver’s Root (Veronicastrum Virginicum)

 

 

 

 

 

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Summersweet, Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia).

  Very fragrant, not hating shade, late blooming; so non-descript when not in bloom that people root it out and throw it away

 

 

 

 

Cup plant (silphium perfoliatum).  Bottom photo from the net

 

 

 

 

These flowers grow in parks and gardens, all of them legacies of individuals and families.  All of them maintained with care.  

This is one of the old worksheds at Winterthur, Delaware where the glasshouses used for cutting flowers no longer serve that purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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