Orchids, A Cure for the Winter Blues

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Orchids, A Cure for the Winter Blues

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Orchids at Powell Gardens provide a cure for the winter blues and spring fever. Scroll down and enjoy a quick look at the colors and varieties currently in bloom. Many of the plants are not labeled. I have lived here 12 winters and never have I heard so many folks complain about the winter! It … Read More

First Flowers

Friday, February 8, 2008

The first Snowdrops Galanthus elwesii emerged today! The 50F thaw after nearly 2 inches of rain caused them to emerge. This is actually about average bloom time for them; often we have them in bloom in January. The first snowdrops blooming this year are on the west side of the Island Garden. A quick walk … Read More

Big Trees at Powell Gardens

Friday, February 8, 2008

Richard Heter, Horticulturist – Grounds & Natural Resources, kneels beside one of our fallen big trees of Powell Gardens. Last year, a storm blew down our largest Shagbark Hickory Carya ovata, the same day the patriarch of Powell Gardens, George Powell, Jr. passed away. The tree fell across our nature trail and Richard cut a … Read More

A Winter Wildflower: Vernal Witchhazel

Monday, February 4, 2008

The first blooms outdoors each year at Powell Gardens are those of the Vernal Witchhazel (Hamamelis vernalis). This shrub is endemic (found no where else) to the Ozarks and Ouchitas so is found wild only in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. If only we could add its delightful scent to these images! It is by far … Read More

January Statistics

Friday, February 1, 2008

A January view of the Visitor Education Center’s Conservatory shows part of our evergreen beds and just a patch of snow. We have an official weather station at Powell Gardens and statistics for January show an “average” month. In true manic-depressive Kansas City weather style, there was a 67 degree range from high to low! … Read More