The park is home to over a million plants that brush up against the open spaces of surrounding streets, squares, and embankments. The botanical variety of the park reflects Russia’s natural diversity, recreating four landscapes: steppe, forests, meadows and northern landscapes.
Loosestrife is a perennial herbaceous plant with thick woody roots growing under almost any conditions, but it is most often found on the banks of ponds and swamps. The plant’s Russian name “Derbennik” (loosestrife) is derived from the word “Derba”, which means a damp marshy place. Sometimes, the plant is also called weeping grass, because it has a special mechanism for getting rid of excessive moisture. It trickles water through special stomata turning into big drops running down the leaves and looking like tears.
From the night of 6 July to 7 July, people celebrate the Day of St. John the Baptist. It comes from a holiday of ancient times celebrated by Eastern Slavs on the occasion of the summer solstice and the highest summer flowering time. The sultry sunny days are alternated with the thunder and heavy rains. The air in villages becomes saturated with the smell of newly mown hay. In forests and meadows, blueberries and strawberries are ripening, Linden and burdock are blooming, and the nights are becoming warmer.
1.07 – 10.07
Blooming Honey Plants
By mid-summer, meadow flowers are in full force. Fields and meadows are filled with a strong floral scent, attracting pollinators. The pink loosestrife spikes are particularly distinguished by their fragrance and elegant appearance.
11.07 – 20.07
Park Shrub Blossoms
By the end of the second summer month, fewer and fewer shrubs bloom. In this period, they start to bear fruit. However, some shrubs continue blooming, for example, Kuril tea, sweet briar, and smoke trees. Another name of a smoke tree is a wig tree. Its blossoms do resemble a lush wig. A pink haze surrounds the shrub in summer; and its foliage is lit up with bright scarlet spots in autumn.