Of Petals and Stems

Sunflower hats under construction

Helianthus strumosus. Have you seen these tall flowers,  yellow at center and yellow on the petals?  They’re not the Yellow Coneflowers that feature brown centers and yellow petals.IMG_6801 These sunflowers are abundant at Fresh Pond Reservation.  Thin-Leaved Sunflower (Helianthus strumosus) is our best working guess as to what they are. We’ll have some good headgear to loan out to plucky Cambridge citizens and kids who want to represent this meadow flower in the Honk! Parade on October 12th….sewing machines and giant doll needles are being deployed as we speak. photoSpeaking of coneflowers, we are working on Echinacea purpurea hats as well. In previous years, we’ve created two giant Great Blue Heron puppets, a fish, and dragonfly and damselfly wings. If you’re interested in Fresh Pond Creatures at the Honk! Parade,  contact Ranger Jean at jrogers@cambridgema.gov or 508 562-7605.honk2 2013

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