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Spring has sprung!

There’s always spring!

After months of short days and cold temperatures, spring is in action! Leaves are emerging, the first flowers are blooming or about to bloom, and overwintering caterpillars are bursting into their butterfly selves.

Butterfly Garden

Check out a few of our larger plants, just a few weeks into spring

Zebra Swallowtail

A Zebra Swallowtail flew out of the butterfly garden and landed nearby!

Oakhill Day School’s butterfly garden is showing all those signs of spring.

Eastern Blue Star

Eastern Blue Star - look closely- the flowers are about to open!

Spring also gives us a chance to reflect on our planting plan from last year and how the garden may change over time. The butterfly garden was fully planted on April 26, 2019. One year later, how is it looking?

Students planting!

Planting in 2019

Students installed 122 native plants last April. By April 27, 2020, 95 (78%) are regrowing. Of the plants that have not yet shown any signs of growth, we know of four individual plants that didn’t make it. Twelve of the yet-to-show-growth plants are Buttonbush and Marsh Milkweed, which don’t start regrowth until late spring, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. The other major plant we are not sure about is Blue Lobelia, of which about half have their first leaves popping up and the others have yet to show up. We’ll keep an eye on those in the next few weeks!

Marsh Milkweed

The first Marsh Milkweeds springing up; they were not emerging last week at all. They are about the size of a finger today, but they will grow to more than a meter high with dozens of flowers on each stem.

Another interesting development is that there are small seedlings sprouting all over the garden. Nearly all of the wildflowers produced seeds last year, so we’ll also find out soon what these baby plants are.


Seedlings - what species are they? We will have to wait and see!

Hopefully you are able to get out in the spring weather and enjoy!

Posted by J. Cole in Teacher Topics, Middle School Years, Lower School, Classroom, Intermediate Division on Monday April, 27


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7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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