On Saturday, October 7, 2017, a group of breast cancer survivors and supporters gathered to do some yoga in Ned Wolf Park. Led by instructor and near neighbor Megan Do Nasciento , the participants enjoyed unusually warm weather and one another's company for a morning workout at this unique venue. Coordinated not to conflict with the regular Tai Chi sessions held later in the morning, we are excited that our park has become a place where rejuvenating and strengthening activities for individuals coincide with social connections. We hope everyone enjoyed the event where funds were raised to support Breast Cancer research.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Our new rock garden located where the sidewalks meet was recently planted with around twenty different plant varieties. Depending on how these fare, we will either add or subtract to the mix - perhaps rearrange.
Seven varieties of Sempervivens (commonly called Hens & Chicks) and three varieties of matt-forming Sedum (stonecrop) will provide the familiar look that succulents bring to classic rock garden design. We look forward to seeing their winter and spring foliage color which can often be distinct from that during the growing season.
Another plant with evergreen character includes the perennial Iberis sempervivens, commonly called Evergreen Candytuft. This is the one plant that was saved from the 2007 planting scheme at this triangular plot. It's rich dark green leaves are overshadowed by white blossoms in late spring.
We have planted several diminutive varities of plants familiar at a larger scale. These include Phlox, Thalictrim, Aquilegia, Campanula, Hypericum, and Viola, amongst others offering a variety of short-lived but colorful blooms through the season.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Although the wood sign has been there for ten years, this fall we have redesigned this prominect corner that has prime visibility from vehicles stopped at the intersection of McCallum and W. Ellet Streets.
With some sun and lots of bright light, the site should support this rock garden featuring schist boulders which tie back to the stone wall we installed in 2014 and which give a settled character unique to our Wissahickon neighborhood.
We also carved out a visual, but not literal pathway into the garden. We've expanded the drift of creeping Phlox, inviting the early May carpet of vivid purple to spill down into the rock garden.
We look forward to watch as the collection of sedums and sempervivums as well as the diminutive perennial varieties we have just installed will add sparkle and richness for pedestrians while the local stone anchors our gardens at Ned Wolf Park.