Redbuds in the Powell Gardens Landscape

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Redbuds in the Powell Gardens Landscape

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Eastern Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) have been in glorious bloom from Powell Gardens’ Gatehouse through the gardens and into its wildlands. Here is a planting off to the side of the Gatehouse where some flowering dogwoods (in white) set them off. We planted redbuds at the gatehouse landscape as they are such a great choice for … Read More

“RED”buds, Kansas City’s Premier Spring Flowering Tree

Sunday, April 27, 2008

From Powell Gardens to across Greater Kansas City the Eastern Redbuds (Cercis canadensis) are in their glory. The flowers are not red but a blue-pink–like raspberry sherbet–a distinctly North American color. It is such a refreshing hue, complementing the emerging acid lime greens of spring. Underplant native blue wildflowers like violets, woodland phlox, Jacob’s ladder, … Read More

Plums’ Bloom Herald Spring’s Butterflies

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My hands down favorite time of year is now: when the wild plums bloom. They herald the season of spring butterflies, many of which can be seen at no other time. Wild Plums are valuable plants for the landscape as their pollen and nectar rich flowers attract a plethora of beneficial insects and pollinators. Last … Read More

Peak of Spring!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Spring has exploded with a bonanza of flowers, butterflies & birds at Powell Gardens. Because of technical problems I cannot share images at this time but shall as soon as possible! Precocious (spring flowering) magnolias and daffodils were in peak bloom last weekend. The lovely yellow Butterflies magnolia is currently in full bloom. This weekend … Read More

The Precocious Magnolias of Powell Gardens

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Powell Gardens has one of the most extensive public garden collections of magnolias outside the East and West Coasts. The magnolias that bloom before the leaves emerge are known as “precocious” magnolias. All have native origins in Eastern Asia where the Yulan (Magnolia denudata) is widely attributed as being the first plant ever cultivated by … Read More