Another nest of baby Cardinals has fledged!

Baby cardinal

Today I had to put a note of caution on the greenhouse door, warning people about the baby Cardinal birds roaming around on the greenhouse floor.  Each year a Cardinal pair raises a clutch of anywhere from 1-4  babies in the greenhouse.  They often come back to the same nest each year too.  Just today, the babies awkwardly flew out of their nest, and they’re simply driving their poor parents crazy.  The parents are noticeably anxious.  The babies can sort of fly up about a foot into the air, but then they land very awkwardly.  Their wing feathers are still growing, and their color is dark gray so they’re had to see.  They chirp constantly though, so you may not see them right away, but you can really hear them.  The parents can fly in and out of the greenhouse through the open vents, and because of this they have been bringing the babies food all day from the outside

Glandular canadensis is in full bloom in the Tucker greenhouse rock garden!

purple flower

Glandular canadensis, Verbenaceae family

This fragrant plant can grow in very dry soil in full sun, making it a great rock garden plant.  Its common name is rose verbena and you can find it blooming right now along road sides, rocky bluffs, prairies, glades and sunny hillsides all over Missouri.  Its sprawling low-growing habit lends itself to being used as a ground cover in rock gardens.  It does spread and will take over an area (not quite like mint though).  The flower color is simly stunning.  From rose to purple shades.

Check out the Tucker greenhouse rock garden located on the north side of the Tucker greenhouse.