A Solid Friday

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Fridays are always productive as we realize that that weekends will continue to see more attendance as we head in to these colorful months.  Above is the ‘Globemaster’ ornamental onion (Allium) at peak bloom out in the gardens.  Much of the work today was not only in preparation for weekend visitation (including one wedding), but also for our Volunteer Work Day (planting) tomorrow morning (8 am – 12 noon).  It looks like we may have some rain but I hope that holds off until we are done planting 15,000 more annuals!  Our grounds crew kept busy.  Nolan and Trevor hauled plants (for the planting day), mowed, cleared ornamental onion (Allium) foliage and had some side jobs as well.  Terry had a busy day of watering, rototilling and his blower rounds.  Cindy also watered, fertilized, tidied and spent some major time primping in the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden which is featuring the Hummingbird Haven theme this year.  Larry H. did an excellent job mulching in the rose garden and also watered as well.  Janice had work in the Heirloom Garden (planting and sign creation), watered and did the cutting display.  Bobby K. worked on the ever-flowing urn as well as the fountain in the children’s garden.  I hauled and placed more plants for future installation and had time for some herbicide application.

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Decadence™ ‘Blueberry Sundae’ false indigo (Baptisia hybrida) – perennial

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golden mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’) – woody shrub (fragrant)

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‘Embroidery’ plantain lily (Hosta) – perennial

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‘Silver Threads & Golden Needles’ plantain lily (Hosta) – perennial

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‘Candy Mountain Mix’ foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) – biennial

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It was also a successful Friday due to great volunteers like Larry O. above.  Larry has watered our yard every day for the past 10 days or so!?  This is no small task and can take one person up to three hours to accomplish this daily duty.  Larry has been a huge help.  Kay did some planting in the entrance garden and started tidying another location.  Kathy and Eva continued weeding and clearing bulb foliage near the east end of the gardens.  Jan spent half a day tidying in the Scottish garden and Alan weeded the sunken garden bricks and painted six benches this afternoon!  Bill O. did some mowing this morning while Stan and Kristin spent more time in the Japanese garden.  Marv B. was on had to tidy his two moss areas (which look great by the way!).  Mary H. was in for more planting in her assigned garden.  Maury ran more errands for us and we also saw Chuck, Tina and many more.

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Kathy (above)

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Jan (above in the Scottish garden)

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Alan (above)

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Bobby K. (left) and Larry sizing up the ever-flowing urn

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Marv B. (above, holding his toothbrush)

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Mary H. (above)

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Kristin and Stan (just a bit too cuddly for my taste…)

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sharks (above) and the sea turtle (below) look forward to release in the Giant Aquarium next week!

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perennials for our All-America Selections trials arrived today

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Tickets ($10 in advance) for the July 16th Home Garden Tour will go on sale next week at RBG and K&W Greenery

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