Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Walk by the transfer station and train tracks

Photos have captions that tell the about what we saw on our walk today to find some flowers for a formal bouquet Keith is designing. It uses pink and orange flowers which  all comes from our garden and the roadside. Keep an eye on his blog Keith Stanley.com for a finished bouquet in coming days. We enjoyed our steamy walk along the railroad tracks on the trash transfer access road looking at all the cool "weeds" that flower and bloom along the road side. They all get mowed down about twice a year so today we were collecting a few flowers he needed, while I was photographing even more.
Keith picks a few wild ever blooming pea flowers


Trash is transferred here from collection trucks to huge transport trucks  behind the fence

in the long grass I noticed something pink...

Not sure what it is but it was pretty.
My friend from DC Modern Quilting Guild Aubrey says that the pink flowers are called Evening Primrose or oenothera. I was hoping someone would help us with that name it was buried deep in my fading memories from some other time but just didn't come to me while writing this post. Thank you for your helpful comment Aubrey! I looked it up and found this great description of it on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center native plant database. Pink evening primrose  check the hot link for more : Oenothera speciosa


so we closed in on it and brought home a picture

trucks go in transfer the load and go back for more waste 

The hill of green lush trees is the forest of Fort Totten park 

Blue Chicory and white Queen Ann's lace common road side flowers 


Rare white flowering chicory 



white cotton like fluff from a cotton ball tree was all mixed in one area of crown vetch flowering vine 

Metro and CSX railway tracks run right along the roadside 

Keith approaches with his bouquet 

pink every blooming pea and queen Ann's lace 


Native milk weed flowering smells very sweet and attracts bumble bees this time of year. 

It's the kind of milk weed that Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on as they migrate south to Mexico each year. 

These milk weed will be mowed down in a few weeks 

the back drop to the edge of Catholic Univ. playing field is a jungle of invasive vines and bushes mixed with some natives. 

Teasel flowering. We saw it yesterday and it hadn't bloomed but today it looks half gone! 

4 comments:

Audrey said...

Hi, The unidentified pink flower is oenothera/evening primrose. Horticultural, by the size of it. Very lovely! Thanks for your blog--your photos, artwork and musings on color & beautiful things are a delight. Best, Audrey

Frederick said...

Thanks Aubrey I updated my post with a link to Lady bird Johnson's native plant database description of the Pink evening primrose.... it has a lot of names.
I am also very happy to share my photos and stories with the world. Life is beautiful.

Jessie said...

Hi Frederick, it feels like I was there with you enjoying the walk. What a lovely time you must have had. Thanks for sharing with everyone!
PS I checked out Keith's blog, too. His work is amazing. You must be very proud!

Frederick said...

Jessie, Keith and I bounce off one another. I get inspired by his work and he by my devotion to being creative every day. I am proud of his accomplishments in our 14 years together he has grown his creativity and confidence in it by leaps and bounds.