Wednesday, May 17, 2017

With Silverbells, but no Cockle shells

As it turns out, that contrary Mary might not have been a gardener at all, but even if she was, it's unlikely that the silver bells of the nursery rhyme have anything to do with the Carolina Silverbell blooms I was standing under this morning. This is only the second time I have seen this native plant blooming, so bumping into these flowers at Hofstra this morning was especially sweet. Some other noteworthy spottings of the day: first yellow swallowtail butterfly of the season and a dragonfly!

"Hallelujah! Halesia!" is how I remember the genus name for this species.

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