Here is the helpful map of the north part of the park. I use the areas I’ve labeled on the map to organize my posts.

NOTE: The photos of the plants are for help in identification. They may not have been taken at the specific place in the park that the plant is listed under.

Seen blooming today….

Middle Path

Japanese tree lilac (Syringa reticulata) – These are blooming along the east side of the middle path in several places. Some are quite large and they are more shrubby than tree-y. These were probably among some of the earliest plantings in the park. (Alien)

Showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) – There is a nice patch of these to the east of the path quite near the turn-around patch. There are also some just north of the turn-around. These are starting to bloom and there are many more buds getting ready to bloom. (Native)

Heartleaf four-o’clock (Oxybaphus nyctagineus) – There are some of these that I’d never noticed before right along the north edge of the turn-around. The blooms are wimpier than those on plants last year. (Native)

Syringa reticulata


Asclepias speciosa


Oxybaphus nictagineus

Northwest of Boddington Playing Field (East Path)

Western Snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis) – These can be tricky to find since the flowers aren’t too showy. They are about 1/8″ in diameter and white on low-growing shrubs with blue-green leaves. Later in the season there will be white berries (hence the name!). (Native)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis

Along East Path

Threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium) – Still quite a few of these blooming all along the path and in the triangle. (Native)

Scarlet gaura (Gaura coccinea) – I was afraid I wouldn’t see any of these this year! This cute little flower is blooming in a few good-sized patches just west of the middle of Boddington playing field. (Native)

Thelesperma filifolium


Gaura coccinea

Gaura coccinea

Wildflower Meadow Field

Penstemon spp. – I’m not sure of the exact species, but I’m thrilled to see more of these this year. Last year there were just two plants blooming in the field. I suspect the others were there but the young bloom stalks fell victim to the mowing incident in late June of that year. Right now I’m seeing four plants blooming with more to come. (Native – I suspect)

Even more threadleaf yellowrays (Thelesperma filifolium).

Western spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis) – There are just a few short plants blooming. (Native)

Mystery penstemon

Penstemon spp.


Tradescantia occidentalis

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