September 5, 2008

Thomas Edison birthplace and garden

The summer flowers at the Thomas Edison birthplace were in peak condition and glorious color.

This passion flower looks more like a plastic flower than most plastic flowers. According to the USDA website, the vine is a perennial and native to South America. It thrives in Ohio, which is, as always, the problem with non-native plants. They arrive, they like it here, they don't have as many natural predators as at home, and the next thing you know they have their hands clasped around the throat of a native flower and are choking it to death. But oh! they are gorgeous.

The butterfly was kind enough to sit still for me.

And here is the house itself. Looking out the windows on the back, Edison and his family could watch the tall ships, barges, and other seaworthy vessels that used the Milan Canal.

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