Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Spring Things - Promenade on the Chenango

Last Friday, during my lunch break, I took a walk along the Chenango River in downtown Binghamton, New York with a work friend.

Walk with us through the tunnel to the river path beyond.

So, what kind of wildflowers can you find on a river path along a shallow river in a urban area?  A sister of my work friend helped me figure it out (more or less - thank you for suffering through my sometimes blurry iPhone snapshots).
The white fuzzy flowers are probably "viburnum nudum var. cassinoides".  These flowers are smaller than other viburnums I've seen - and I see these are related to honeysuckle, which you can find (earlier in spring) along this same river.

This is a Traidescantias (spiderwort).  It's hard to see their triangular nature.

Penstemon digitalis (a wild foxglove). (you can see the really high Chenango River in the background.)

And now for my mystery wildflower.  My friend's sister couldn't identify this so....any guesses?  I keep thinking it's some kind of chickweed, but I think my friend would have known if it had been.

Next week I hope to take another walk with my friend - this time an urban one.

And now: this is my last "Spring Things" feature of the year.  Summer begins Friday, and this is a seasonal feature. So, what would you like to see here for summer? (sorry, we are not near an ocean).  And, what might be a "cute" name for my summer Wednesday feature?  No prizes if your idea is used - just my thanks, and a shout out to your blog (if you have one).

Today is World Sauntering Day. When is the last time you promenaded on your land or neighborhood?


  1. What pretty flowers! I wouldn't have a clue what the last one is though, sorry!

  2. I love being able to share your walks and the treasures you find along the way!

  3. My daily walk takes me past towering horse chestnut trees and I cast my eyes over the undergrowth. All sorts of plants are flowering now although the bluebells have shrivelled up. It's amazing how the wild plants thrive beside a busy road.

  4. I love your photos, Alana, and I'm thinking about the Wednesday feature . . . "Summertime and the living is easy?" Ummm . . . "Summer Delights?"
    how about this . . . "Saving Summer?" Hmmmm . . . maybe I should keep thinking.

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