Time for Weather Garden

Time for Weather

The Time for Weather Garden, a place to enjoy seasonal flowers, tell the time, and use instruments to measure and observe weather conditions was installed in the spring of 2003. The rainbow section consists of an arched raised bed planted in sections with perennials the colors of the rainbow. Cotton is planted on one side of the bed to simulate clouds and provide an up close look at this Worth County crop. The time section features an analemmatic (human interactive) sundial. The weather station contains observation instruments -- rain gauge, giant thermometer, and weather vane -- which provide for scientific study. A bench nestles under a large metal arch (playground ball arch damaged during installation but suitable for this purpose) painted to resemble a rainbow.  Gold lantana is planted at the sides of the arch to suggest “pots of gold.”

 

Members of the WCHS Visual Arts class designed the stained glass/ mosaic numeral stones for a timeline.

Care has been taken to ensure that plants of each color will be in bloom through the entire growing season with an emphasis on native plants when possible.

Plant List

Red

Amaryllis
Malvaviscus arboreus 'drummondii' (Turk's Cap) 
Sedum 'Autum Joy'

Orange

Hamelia patens (Firebush)
Tithonia rotundiflora (Mexican Sunflower) 
Tecomaria capensis (Cape honeysuckle)
Leonitus leonurus (Lion's Head)

Yellow

Daffodil
Coreopsis auriculata (Mouse Eared Coreopsis) 
Tithonia rotundiflora (Mexican Sunflower)
Green Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata)

Blue

Salvia azurea (Blue Sage) 
Eupatorium coelestinum (Wild Ageratum/ Mistflower)
Stachytarpheta jamaicenis (Blue Porterweed)
Dwarf Mexican Petunia (Acanthaceae)

Purple

Iris
Ruellia brittoniana (Dwarf Mexican Petunia)
Liatris chapmanii (Blazing Star)
Verbena