There's been an air of anticipation the past couple weeks as some of the biggest and brightest wetland wildflowers have been getting ready to bloom. These are some of the buds quickly developing in the July sun.
The first photo shows the buds of Joe Pye Weed.
Buds of Hibiscus moscheutos (Princeton's one native Hibiscus species)
Cutleaf Coneflower, just starting to open.
The beginnings of Boneset flowers, with pickerelweed in the background.
Photos were taken at the Princeton High School ecolab wetland, tucked inbetween the two new wings of the school on Walnut Street. If you're out for a walk, the wetland makes for a nice visit. There's a sidewalk all the way around it. The canal towpath, between Harrison St. and Washington Rd. is another great spot to see many of these flowers.