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Garden Glory in a Rainy Season

Friday, June 5, 2015

And the rain, rain, rain; came down, down, down … seems I recall that line from a classic Winnie the Pooh episode. Precipitation fell 22 days in May for a total of 8.5 inches of rain at Powell Gardens weather station and  we know we were on the low-end of rainfall amounts in the region. … Read More

A Sweet Spring

Friday, May 15, 2015

Greater Kansas City’s normally manic-depressive climate has acted more like the Pacific Northwest or England this spring with quite consistent moderate temperatures and rainfall.  Flowers from annuals and bulbs to flowers on shrubs and trees have never lasted so long! Above are some new perennials in our trial beds: white ‘Snowcap’ Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) surrounded … Read More

Hanami

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hanami or “flower viewing” is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers — mainly flowering cherry trees that they call “sakura.” It’s a custom I have always admired and have made time to experience the sublime flowering of springtime trees that bloom before they leaf out or are “foliated” in flowers … Read More

Out of the Blue, A Spring Butterfly Exhibit

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

IT’S MARCH! Close friends know that’s my line for this magical month when winter finally let’s go and spring takes hold. Geese, blackbirds and robins migrate in droves and the wetlands come alive with the sounds of spring peepers and chorus frogs. The first flowers come to life from crocus and snowdrops in the garden … Read More

Great Backyard Bird Count 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sunday, February 15th was the annual Great Backyard Bird Count at Powell Gardens. The Great Backyard Bird Count is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society, and Bird Studies Canada to gauge bird populations at the peak of winter in February before birds begin their migration northward for spring. This year … Read More