I knew I should find at least one Gladiolus near where I started. Ours have started to come up, but I couldn't find this one. Knowing a lot of flowers weren't blooming now - too early for day lilies and possibly too late for narcissus - I was looking hard at all of the foliage, trying to identify anything I could. The two things I couldn't miss were azaleas and Chinese wisteria. The whole area was peppered with wisteria and azaleas were one of the last vestiges of this once-residential area. One of the few cultivated plants I found was a single large Amaryllis, with multiple flowers.
I know I shouldn't be surprised by this, but there was a lot of what we call (Virginia) Spiderwort, or Tradescantia virginiana. It's native to our area, growing wild all over the neighborhood, but I've never seen any that looked as good as these. They looked very healthy and robust, unlike the ones on our street.
One of my last discoveries was a line of Narcissus foliage near a blooming azalea and a nice river birch tree. I could imagine a house once being there, the flowers line the front with the bushes and trees. I know one day it will be redeveloped, but, with a little imagination, it's a small window into the past.
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