Monday, June 12, 2017

Potluck in the Park


It took far too long for the Friends of Ned Wolf Park to host its first potluck dinner party in the park.
Initially hatched in the aftermath of our May 6th Plant Sale, we wanted to take time to celebrate our successes in the handsome space we have been nuturing for ten years.
Sedgwick neighbor Marcia lent us a canopy, Weavers Way provided folding tables, park neighbors offered us electricity and water access. The park gave us flowers!




Sunday, June 4, 2017

Most asked about plant?


Hands down, it's Allium Ambassador!
These late-spring blooming purple orbs demand attention and folks wonder aloud,
 "What are THOSE?"
Purchased from the Van Engelen bulb catalog in 2013, we planted just 10 and they have been multiplying without diminishing in size, nearly 7" in diameter and about 54" tall.

Memorial Maple


 We have just planted a specimen Japanese Maple
[Acer palmatum 'Pung kil']
which was funded in memory of
Sarah O'Doherty
who lived across McCallum street
before her passing in 2016.



The deep burgundy leaves and purple stems offer a dramatic contrast to the corrugated foliage of Hosta 'Deep Blue Sea.' And in the fall, the delicate Maple leaves should turn a vivid eye-catching red!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bloom du jour


The hot pink flowers located at bottom right in this photo are Bletilla striata. It's an uncommon but locally hardy plant sometimes called Chinese Ground Orchid. Its most notable feature is the elegant little orchid flowers that bloom from May into June. This woodland edge plant (part sun/part shade) also has elegant wide foliage blades which are attractive through the growing season and take on a golden color in the fall.  Here, we have paired this plant with the large umbrella-like leaves of local native May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum).

Monday, May 22, 2017

CELEBRITY Guests




A book reading on Kids Literacy Day drew a healthy crowd along with celebrity guests, Frog and Toad to our very own neighborhood park!


A comfortably cool May 20th saw a day of fun with a parade from co-sponsor Big Blue Marble Bookstore to Ned Wolf Park.  After a reading and some tasty snacks, there were more readings by a group of children's book authors back at the store.

Thanks also to Mt. Airy USA which is actively trying to raise awareness of our community's Little Free Libraries and sposor book drives to support them.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Drive and Readings


Celebrating the Little Free Library in Ned Wolf Park, bring your children to this 11th Annual Kids' Literacy Festival event.   The event kicks off at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore starting at 10 am.  At 11 am, join a parade with storybook characters Frog & Toad over to Ned Wolf Park.  If you have books, especially children's books, to donate to keep our Little Free Library stocked, please bring them.  For more information, visit  www.bigbluemarblebooks.com

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pots, Plants 4 Sale

We are excited to offer at the upcoming May 6th Plant Sale a collection of outdoor pots donated by Campania International, inc.


These pots will be offered for sale at super bargain prices along with hundreds of perennial plants for sun and shade, shrubs, garden tools, tomato seedlings, etc.  And all proceeds go to maintain and improve this public park.



The sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th
from 10 am to 1 pm. 
Fair warning: On the morning of the sale, we close the park to set up and allow no browsing until 10 am sharp.  By then, we usually have crowds waiting for the rarest plants or best bargains.


Come join us for a fun sale!

Heavy rain date is Sunday, May 7th, same hours

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Squirrel Corn & Bloodroot

Two ephemeral native wildflowers are thriving under the cherry trees near the McCallum Street entrance walk into the park. No one is sure where they came from, since they were not intentionally planted. We suspect they may have been dormant tag-alongs with other plants donated to the park.


The upper photo shows a spreading patch of Dicentra canadensis. Its deep green, finely cut foliage, accented by clean white flowers, grows from yellow tubers that give it its quirky common name, Squirrel Corn. It is spreading more quickly each year into an area planted by chartreuse Japanese Forest Grass which will lengthen to fully conceal it as it goes dormant by summer.

The lower photo shows the unusual leaves of Sanguineria canadensis, which has delicate white flowers that last only a few days in early April. Curiously, it too gets its common name, Bloodroot, from its underground structure, a rhizome that bleeds red (toxic) juice.

2017 Plant Sale

The Friends of Ned Wolf Park
will host our annual fund-raising
PLANT SALE
Saturday, May 6th
10am to 1pm


If anyone would like to donate plants
please bring them to the park on Friday evening or as early on Saturday morning as you can 
so plants can be priced and organized
before the 10 am start

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MYSTERY TULIPS!?!

For the second year in a row,
Spring has come with a new patch of tulips that has sprouted unbeknownst to the Friends of Ned Wolf Park Design Group that has planted the gardens since 2007.


This patch appeared in the island bed in an area where low-growing Sedum and Pennisetum are planted.


Last year, a group of tulips appeared near McCallum Street, planted amongst the June-blooming Astilbe.
Our gardeners are happy to include anyone interested in contributing to the plantings, but we do think it best to work together.

Will the real Tulip Fairy please stand up and introduce yourself to the team?