Category Archives: Ferns, Leafy Plants, & Cacti

Frosted fern

Darkening and drying up for fall, these fern fronds nonetheless still seemed supple (might be Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum). Shiny with morning dew, they looked like close-up sections of brown frost stretching across a window pane.

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Devil’s golden haircut

A sandy, almost desert-like section of Weltz Park was flecked with impressionistic paint dots of sunny yellow cactus flowers. The Devil’s-tongue cacti (Opuntia humifusa) were in various stages of bloom, but enough were at peak glow to color the landscape … Continue reading

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Aromatic art in the park

On a bed of straw-like weeds, this grouping of Skunk cabbage formed its own little sculpture park. (Earlier posts about skunk cabbages.)

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Pale green fleece

I think this small patch of velvety greens is Woolly hedgenettle or Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina). It was growing along a path out near the end of Sandy Hook.

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Paddle to the C(actus)

In the sandier sections of Weltz park, cactus paddles (prickly pears, perhaps) nestle together like flat painted eggs, speckled with purple dye droplets and striped with pale aqua ribbons. Here and there, a few wear festive red-paper-party-hat flowers.

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Afternoon of a fern

Translucently chartreuse fern fronds backlit by the afternoon sun in a wooded area at the edge of the park. May be Sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis).

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