February 24, 2016 Newsletter

According to the two Weather Underground online weather stations in town (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:77486.1.99999 [near Reid Rd. & S. Columbia Dr.) and http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=pws:KTXWESTC5 [Gayle Estates]) we got about an inch of much-needed rain yesterday. It's windy, but cool & sunny today. Please get outside and enjoy nature!

We need volunteers. To find out how to volunteer click Volunteers at columbiablooms.org. If you want to participate, but do not have the time monetary contributions are welcome.

I received a report yesterday that creating a login at the web site was causing problems. Please do not worry about this. At this point all the materials on the site are available to everyone. There is no current advantage to creating a logon ID. When new features are added that require a logon ID I will email every one.

The Plant of the Day is Alstroemeria pulchella. The common name is Peruvian Lily. It is one of the new plants in the Discovery Garden planted & donated by Iris White. I can't wait for it to get established and to start blooming. It's flower is very exotic. The image shown does not do it justice. It is native to Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay. It is a perennial with underground tubers. Flowers are good for cutting and it attracts bees, butterflies, and birds. It likes sun to partial shade. Since it grows from a tuber it is probably drought-tolerant, but we will keep an eye on it to make sure.