An explosion of none-so-pretty, baby's breath, coreopsis and poppies on Lewis and Jefferson, along with a cosmos plant that isn't blooming yet.
It's offically Wildflower Season in Bed Stuy! It didn't work everywhere, and I don't quite know why yet, but am guessing that many flowers got choked out by weeds, and many other flowers got pulled as weeds or mowed. Hardly surprising, much of the neighborhood is under excellent care.
That doesn't mean there is nothing to see. I have spotted Coreopsis, none-so-pretty, baby's breath, bachelor's buttons, dame's rocket and all kinds of poppies, and there are lots of cosmos, or maybe daisy plants out there that are getting enormous and have yet to bloom. I don't even know what I haven't seen yet! My own walks indicate very little in the Mansiony Southlands and Condo-ey Northlands, and more in the kind of blown out area where I live. The best two Wildflower Habitats I have seen so far is the housing project on Gates and Lewis and the huge vacant lot that you can see from the Myrtle stop on the JMZ. Whoever bombed that lot deserves a pat on the back--it is chockablock with dame's rocket and bachelor's buttons that are easily visible from the platform!
Get out your cameras, take a walk, and head over to the official Bed Stuy Meadow flickrpool! And stay tuned for an Offical Identification Guide.
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