Wave Hill Revisited . . .
Each season shares its quality of being in expression through plant life. Any green space reacts to and evolves over a temperate calendar year. Flower colors vary, as does the scale, texture, and even shape of this or that plant’s leaf or stem.
Wave Hill in the Bronx sets just such a scene for close looks at cultivated plant life in process. There are 28 acres in The Bronx covered by a flowered pattern as if a giant picnic basket blanket has been spread, supported by bedrock bluffs, summer green, looking over a gorge bottomed by a variegated aquamarine river, its surface roughened by strong currents.
Beyond the artful gardens soft wildflower edges do have a place here. Plant patches now offer a sharper, drier tone of color with some lingering favorites from earlier in the summer: the yolk yellow and china blue Asiatic Dayflower and Lady’s Thumb, its flowered head not unlike an elongated pink mulberry, stem uptight.
Here are a few Wave Hill wildflowers in bloom this August:
American Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
Asiatic Dayflower (Commelina communis)
Common Mullien (Verbascum thapsus)
Goldenrod (genus Solidago)
Marestail (Conyza Canadensis)
White Snakeroot (Ageratina altissima)
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) and Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum) were also spotted on a bright and dry Sunday afternoon. Such variety brings new views every time one revisits Wave Hill, another must destination for the wildflowers of the west of New York City.
– rPs 08 26 2014)
Postscript: Wave Hill’s website http://www.wavehill.org/