Directly above are some primroses (Primula sp.) blooming in early spring and offering some neat flower form. Note the view across the zig-zag bridge to the observation pier. Dr. Gredler was here most of the day painting obelisks. Del and Dick W. continued their work on the deer and sleigh. Vern was in to do some carpentery and was helped by Dick W. too. We also saw Maury, Mary W., Mary Kay, Kris and some others today. The weather was quite mild with sunshine and highs around 45 degrees F. That snow is really melting off quickly. I'll get out in the gardens again soon to help locate more plants emerging and flowers blooming. To the right is Korean angelica (Angelica gigas) which is a biennial (two years from seed to bloom) that we've used extensively for its tall height and interesting visual contribution. This tropical looking plant also attracts some interesting wasps or hornets that look vicious but are only interested in the blooms. To the left is that same primrose (Primula sp., unknown) seen above.
Sue M. has been keeping our website (www.rotarybotanicalgardens.org) nicely up to date. Take a look at some of the great educational lectures coming up including the Create an Engaging Garden spring symposium on March 24th. There is also additional information on our photography contest, spring tree sale and our vegetable lists for the spring plant sale are available online as well. I'm also putting together a short presentation on The Gardens of Philadelphia that I'll share at the next volunteer soup event on Tuesday evening, February 28th. Call Lori at RBG for more information or RSVP at the gift shop if you can make it. To the right are more "Spheres of Influence". These are the fruits of the white baneberry or doll's eyes (Actaea pachypoda) which lighten up a shady garden later in the summer. Directly below, in sequence, are the blooms of the summer blooming, ornamental onion (Allium angulosum 'Summer Beauty), the stately spheres of the globe thistle (Echinops bannaticus 'Blue Glow') and the glossy, early fruits of the 'Black Pearl' ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum). These black fruits will age to a red in September. DON'T FORGET SPHERES IN YOUR GARDEN! (not necessarily gazing globes, although they can work if sited properly....). Unrelated to RBG and this blog topic, here is a link to a recent article regarding the impact of soda on our health. Just had to share it!