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Summer blooms in Boston-area parks

Updated: Jan 9

By Charlie McCabe


I've been volunteering regularly in a few parks for a number of years in and around Boston. This summer we're seeing average rainfall and average temperatures, compared to last summer, which was hot and dry. As a result, things are in bloom everywhere. My favorite plants' bloom times are mid-August through mid-September, so I'd like to share some of them as well as other seasonal scenes I'm seeing in and around Boston area parks and open spaces!


Dewey Square on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston on a Monday morning


Sunflowers in bloom, part of an Ekua Holmes project in conjunction with the Rose Kennedy Greenway


Nate (seasonal horticulturist) and Liz (zone garden volunteer) piling up the bamboo at Chinatown Park on the Greenway


False sunflower in bloom in the Wharf District parks on the Greenway


Mid-summer pinks in bloom, Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway


Pop-up placemaking space in downtown Provincetown, MA


"Simpson's sky" (blue sky, puffy clouds) over North End Parks, Rose Kennedy Greenway


directional signage, Neponset River Greenway, Milton and Boston, MA


Crossing over the MBTA Mattapan line tracks, Neponset River Greenway, Boston


Suspension bridge over the Neponset River, Neponset River Greenway, Boston


Mattapan Line trolley, Neponset River Greenway, Milton/Boston


Harvesting invasive water chestnuts on Ell Pond in Melrose


Volunteers with the water chestnut pile, Ell Pond, Melrose


Old Mill, now apartments on the Neponset River, Milton/Boston


Wildflower meadow, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston


Neponset River, flowing under the suspension bridge, Boston


Mural and sunflowers, Dewey Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston


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