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The interests of The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Thimbleweed is one of those plants aptly named and mis-named. The seed heads do look like thimbles but considering the attractiveness of the flower and later, the dry seed heads, it should not be called a 'weed'. The dry stems stay erect during the winter and release seeds in the spring. The plant is indigenous to the Garden and is one of six Anemones found there. It has a cousin, called Tall Thimbleweed, A. cylindrica, where the seed head is slightly more elongated and the leaf bracts are slightly different. Either species forms a nice clump but do not spread far via the roots.
"Well, I grew up, and soon had a family of my own. Before long I became a Girl Scout Leader and loved bringing my troop of eager-to-learn girls out here to Martha Crone. Her love of the Garden and keen interest in teaching was a great inspiration to us all. As birds too were of special interest to her she had, in the fall and winter months, collected a wide variety of bird nests which she kept on display in the little cabin. What joy it was to see her gently cradle the tiny hummingbird nest in her hand, explaining its structure to the children. And then the wonder of seeing the tiny creatures themselves! They arrived promptly each May 15th and Martha kept a vial of sugar water outside the cabin window so all could watch them feed close at hand." Moana Odell Beim, 1982; former Friend's President, daughter of Clinton Odell.
SPIRIT that breathest through my lattice: thou
That cool’st the twilight of the sultry day!
Gratefully flows thy freshness round my brow;
Thou hast been out upon the deep at play,
Riding all day the wild blue waves till now,
Roughening their crests, and scattering high their spray,
And swelling the white sail. I welcome thee
To the scorched land, thou wanderer of the sea!
Nor I alone,—a thousand bosoms round
Inhale thee in the fulness of delight;
Article: As the season moves into summer the diversity of plants increases as the upland prairie part of the Garden begins to produce a variety of blooms while there are still some blooms in the woodland and the marsh. Here is a small selection of five that you might not find at the local nursery - but in the Garden? YES.
Four Silphiums. Comparison article on the four large yellow-flowered composites in the Garden.