These Yucca plants are now in bloom. I thought of them as desert plants but they are doing well here in gardening Zone 6. My Tompkins Sq. Park Tree Identification Project is shifting focus to the gardens. Of course keeping track of everything that is blooming here is beyond me. But I shoot whatever catches my interest, on a near daily basis. Organizing the upwards of 300 photos I may take on a visit is an endless time suck.
These freaky looking central stalks grow out of the spiky perennial fronds. This shot is from a week ago.
I’m pretty sure of my identification of this as a Monarch Butterfly. In the Don Roberts garden in Tompkins Square Park. These flowers seem to be popular with a wide range of insects.
Monarchs were a pretty common butterfly when I was a kid, but this might be the first one I’ve spotted in NYC in several years.
Update, 6 8 13:
Same location, several more Monarchs.
A performance on the main stage at the Howl Festival 2013 in Tompkins Square Park, NYC, combinced with some of the art pieces from Art Around the Park.
I took my tree map public today at Art Around the Park, at the Howl Festival in Tompkins Square Park. I was torn between talking to people about the map and trees, and painting. Then the afternoon sun hit and I melted. I was surrounded by folks putting 100% of themselves to their canvas. Devote full energy to painting in the shaded Sunday morning, is my plan.