Monday, September 28, 2009

Dacey Community Fields

When I first drove into the Dacey Community Field park in Franklin, I was struck by the utter boringness of it. Baseball fields, soccer fields with emrald-green, weed-free grass; playground equipment that was large but bland. Even the dedication sign looks like a tombstone. I hope this family wasn't memorialized because they all perished in a tragic accident. . . but I think that's what this means. How awful.

I was most interested in the edges of the park, and what was growing there. On my first trip I couldn't see past the buckthorn and other invasives. That quick trip left a bad taste in my mouth. But I figured it was worth a second look. There are some natural features about that break up the manicured grass monoculture blandness.

Every child needs a rock to climb on.

Behind the playground there are a few paths leading out into wild areas. Having Gabe with me in a stroller, I didn't get to explore down them, but this one in particular looks promising. Notice the purple flowers on the lower left.

That's New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, a fantastic purple purple purple native. This is the first time I have seen it growing abundantly in the wild. I will have to return for seeds.

Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, looking gloriously pink.

The ubiquitous and lovely goldenrod.

More asters of some sort, in a wonderful dense drift.

There were many happy bees lolling about in this plant.

Hey, I recognize this fly. It's the first one I've seen that hasn't been nauseatingly glued to a leaf by fungus.

I'm glad to see that this part has some redeeming qualities, because it's only a couple of miles from home.


kuluth said...


MrILoveTheAnts said...

Hay I have that aster growing in my yard. Had a Monarch on it too!

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