Holcomb Farm paths lined with wildflowers

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At Holcomb Farm, the gravel path leading up to the East Fields from Day Street South is bordered by brilliant blue cornflowers (above) attracting all sorts of bees, and by Joe-Pye weed (below). The cornflower (also called bachelor’s button) is not native; it was brought here from Europe by the colonists. The cornflower is heliotropic, opening to the Eastern morning sun, but it closes up by mid-afternoon. Joe-Pye weed is native to Eastern and Central North America.