Late Summer at The Battery 2018

Late Summer (August 21-September 20)

All spring, we wished for the hot summer sun. And now, only a few months into summer, we cry out for the cool breezes and the rainfall. Late summer is always a tough period to endure, as we are weary from days of blazing heat and (this year) torrential summer rains. As the temperature finally decreases, we shift from damage-control bed irrigation to tidying up areas otherwise neglected: we weed; we clean; we remove broken bits; we repair fences and monitor rodents! Despite my weariness, I love this time of year as it makes me appreciate the coming autumn and all of the wonderful colors of nature that it brings.

Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues' (foreground), Vernonia noveboracensis

Asclepias incarnata

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Anemone 'Robustissima' and Echinacea purpurea

Vernonia lettermanii

Seedhead of Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Moudry'

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Amorpha canescens

Hylotelephium (Sedum) 'Herbstfreude Autumn Joy'

Perovskia 'Little Spire', Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank', Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Double Panicum! Panicum 'Shenandoah' in front and Panicum 'Dallas Blues' in back

My co-worker Luka watering the Heuchera 'Autumn Bride'

Love this combo! Silphium terebinthinaceum and Vernonia noveboracensis

Seeds of Vernonia noveboracensis and sun-like flower of Silphium terebinthinaceum

Anemone x hybrida  'Robustissima' with Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

Eye-catching Saliva uliginosa 

Monarch butterfly caterpillar on Asclepias incarnata plant

 SEPTEMBER 11, 2018

This year, I decided to walk to the 9/11 Memorial after work on the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. 

As I stated on my Instagram and Facebook post, on September 11, 2001, I was eighteen and a half, departing for my college orientation. My mom walks me to the gate at SFO (remember when you could do that without a ticket or being cavity-searched?) and we pass a bar where a television is showing the World Trade Center building burning. We learn that a plane crashed into it. Then the second building is hit. Someone announces that there will be no flights that day. We leave the airport and go home. Not sure what to do, we take the dogs on a walk around Lake Merced. Our dog's back moves almost fish-like as we walk the path. The entire day is surreal.

I will never forget the dread and fear we experienced, grasping at the news as if THEY had any answers or could tell us the truth about what happened. We looked to our president at the time for answers. How we nodded our heads as we entered a war with a country that had nothing to do with the attacks. How naïve we all were then, like children. 

It will take over a week for me to catch a flight. The airport was jammed, and for the first time, my mom could not walk me to the gate. The invasive and demeaning security checks begin. Will they ever cease to infuriate me? Only today 17 years later I realize that much of the anxiety and problems socializing my freshman year began on this day. Once confident and sure of myself, I entered college scared and secretly wanting to return home.

Today I had the honor of visiting the World Trade Center memorial and sending my prayers to the victims. You will not be forgotten. Someday, hopefully in our lifetime, the evil ones will be brought to justice. I believe in our country. I believe in our current president and, despite life’s pain and suffering, I believe in God.

May God Bless our President, may God Bless our Soldiers, and may God Bless The United States of America. 🇺🇸 


Grass combination: Panicum virgatum  'Cloud Nine' in front and Sorghastrum nutans leaning over the edge

Absolutely LOVE this: Sanguisorba canadensis

Plant crush: Panicum virgatum  'Cloud Nine'

Can't get enough of this guy: Panicum virgatum 'Cloud Nine' with Perovskia atriplicifolia. Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank' and Panicum 'Dallas Blues' in the background.

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