April is an amazing time to be in any Kansas City garden. The flora and fauna have come alive and everything seems to be singing the song of spring.
This is the second year that the Kauffman gardeners have had the opportunity to care for the main flower beds at the Kauffman Foundation headquarters. We truly appreciate everything that the Kauffmans have done for our city, so we try our best to make their flower beds as beautiful as possible. Considering the weather and climate in Kansas City, this is never an easy task.
A wave of ‘Russian Princess’ tulips danced across the Kauffman Foundation main entrance with a combination of colors ranging from a dark magenta to a softer pink tone. This was our first try with this particular variety and it got a big thumbs up from the gardeners.
Another tulip variety that was new to us this year was ‘Silver Parrot’. It had a white variegated stripe through it’s leaves and a very striking pink color in the parrot tulip-style petals.
Since pink was one of Muriel Kauffman’s favorite colors, we chose to plant the ‘Silver Parrot’ tulips all around her in the garden. This is a variety that will definitely show up again in future designs.
Speaking of birds, the ducks are back in the garden. Every April, mallard ducks find their way into the garden. They love to swim in the fountains and waddle around in the flowers until the cat spots them and they fly off to other midtown locations.
No matter how big or small, it makes a garden better by having features that will attract and benefit local wildlife. You don’t need an enormous fountain like we do at the Kauffman Memorial Garden. Birdfeeders, birdbaths and insect houses are a fun and easy way to make the animals feel welcome in your garden. In return for your kindness the garden animals will give you a better rounded ecosystem to live in and improve your connection to nature. In our modern world, that is always a blessing.
On the flip-side of encouraging wildlife into your garden, I also found a large goose waddling around in our community garden on the other side of the Kauffman Legacy Park.
When you garden with wildlife you have to be thankful for the good and just laugh at the bad. I am just glad that the goose in the community garden wasn’t hanging out in my patch. Thankfully, our little Princess Crazy Cat pounces at the chance to keep the geese away from the Kauffman Memorial Garden.
Below is a recent picture that I took of our sweet garden kitty on the prowl. I snapped the photo just as a duck quacked overhead, so I am calling this the cat’s “duck face.”
Spring is here! It’s time to garden and time to enjoy everything that we have been waiting all winter for! Let’s do this!