Saturday, July 21, 2007

Guesses welcomed

I'm hoping maybe Patrick or someone else may be able to help me sort this one out, found today at Webb's Mill Bog in the Pine Barrens. I had thought it might be False Asphodel, but that's not it.

We drove halfway to Philly almost to visit an arboretum on the grounds of a retirement community. I was mostly interested in the courtyard gardens, private patio gardens, and the wildflower meadows, but there was also a Pinetum (with native and exotic plants), a collection of rhododendrons, an experimental planting of chestnut trees, and 55 acres of natural woodlands. The wildflower meadows were a disappointment as there were no butterflies (not much was blooming), but the courtyard gardens were very pretty. Maybe when I'm old and gray I'll find a place like that to live. My husband was ready to find a place there today after I made him traipse through the woods for a few hours. Poor guy; his knees are bad and he's not one for walking much.

On our way back we stopped my Webb's Mill to see what was blooming. There were l
ots of those white mystery flowers and the bladderworts were blooming everywhere. We had the place to ourselves; that's a first as the last few visits to the bog have been pretty crowded. I'm not sure what else I can expect to find blooming later in the summer, but it's always worth a visit when I'm in the area. I'm not sure how interested the DH was in the odd bog plants, but he pretended well. He's a good sport.

12 comments:

Jean said...

You made me smile! Nice to see you had a good day - and a pic of your man!

LauraHinNJ said...

He's very stubbly-looking Jean, isn't he?

John said...

I'm not sure about the flowers. They look very delicate.

bunnygirl said...

The flowers are lovely. But I suppose for someone whose knees are hurting, it's a low priority. :-)

Jayne said...

That's a place where I'd like to see myself one day. A retirement center with a huge garden...ahhhh... I could be happy.

Madcap said...

They're so dainty!

Larry said...

I juast heard that they found an Old Chestnut Tree in New Hampshire that is disease free and they plan on using it to start up New Chestnut trees in different areas-Does this project have anything to do with the New Hampshire Chestnut Tree Stud?

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

I had great success identifying wildflowers using http://www.realtimerendering.com/flowers/flowers.html.

Give it a try.

KGMom said...

Isn't it wonderful to have DHs who are willing and forebearing? I have one of those also--wouldn't trade him for the world!

Mary said...

Bad knees and all, he enjoyed it. My DH doesn't shave on the weekends either!

He invited me to ride in the golf cart today for photo opps. I had to decline - too much work to do, and, he rushes on a crowded course. I need time! LOL!

Nice story about a good day.

LauraHinNJ said...

Larry: I'm not sure really, as I can't find any more info in any of the brochures.

I think U Penn may be involved at this site - so maybe?

Patrick Belardo said...

Hmm... not sure of the plant. I scoured my books and this site: http://www.mikebaker.com Maybe you can send the site owner an email with a pic. Let me know if you find it.