Collective Progress

The last couple of days have been a whirlwind continuation of our whirlwind approach to spring planting, weeding and garden preparations. The cooler weather has continued along with some timely rainfall as we begin our serious planting season. Our volunteer planting evening on Wednesday night had 10 helpful volunteers along with John and myself. The rain caught up to us but not before we put in a couple thousand more plants. Many volunteers (Sandi, Terri, Kay, Marleen, Kath, etc.) are already actively planting in their assigned garden areas and I’m endeavoring daily to keep a step ahead of our planters. In the meantime, many other gardening tasks can’t be neglected as our focus shifts to planting. We continue to work on spring clean-up, edging, water feature work, weeding, mowing and much more. We are also keeping an eye on many trees and shrubs that were damaged our outright killed this past winter. Some are late to leaf out but others have likely perished…time will tell. We’ve had very solid turnouts of volunteers over the last couple of days and look forward to continued, collective progress!

‘Miranda’ variegated climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomola ssp. petiolaris) – woody vine (above)
‘Sunglow’ golden vine maple (Acer circinatum) – woody tree (above)
variegated waygfaringtree viburnum (Viburnum lantana ‘Variegatum’) – woody shrub (above)
the moss island is looking great!
our boulder wall softened by ‘All Gold’ Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra) – perennial (above)
‘Liberty’ hosta (Hosta) – perennial (above)
wild hyacinth (Camassia leichtlinii ‘Blue Danube’) – perennial bulb (above)
Sandi (left) and Terri did some serious planting on Wednesday near the gazebo
upright wild ginger (Saruma henryi) – perennial (above)
European ginger (Asarum europaeum) – perennial (above)
“cool critter components” of our future StoryWalk theme from the imaginative mind of Barb C. and other education volunteers….
spring foliage above of Epimedium x versicolor ‘Cupreum’ (barrenwort)
quamash (Camassia cusickii) – perennial bulb (above)
‘Pumpkin Spice’ foamy bells (xHeucherella) – perennial (above)
at our Volunteer planting event last night (Wednesday), this little guy was a casual observer!

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