washington park moses autumn flowers 2012

washington park autumn flowers aliens 2012

Today's moment of early autumn

washington park moses autumn flowers 2012

Yep, we said autumn.

Breaking news: The late summer/autumn flowers in Washington Park are beautiful this year.

Related news: Does anyone know the name of those weird plants in the foreground? They're kind of alien in a wonderful way. (Another photo post jump.)


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Those flowers are in the amaranth family. You will also see them used in the landscaping at the Albany City golf course, which makes me think the new city gardener can be credited for this very interesting choice. Very sculptural and exotic.

I know that this is not the first year they have been featured in the Washington Park flower beds because over the years I have taken to calling them "muppet fingers." According to the webnet their actual name is "elephant head" amaranth. Which, fortunately, is no less ridiculous.

http://www.organicnation.tv/blog/seeing-purple-at-the-chicago-botanic-garden.html

While I liked the work of the last city gardener I have been noticing that the city looks a bit better when it comes to the gardens this year. And it is rare that I find something good to say about the way this city is run.

The amaranth is giving me the finger.

Those flowers are so from another planet!
I think they came from Dr. Zeuss!
On the other hand they might be man eating plants, yipes!

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