I took the photo above yesterday and it was neat to see these seven kids climb right up in to this giant Adirondack chair! The kids were at the gardens as part of our Youth Education Program which has some wonderful volunteers helping with this program. Well, today was on and off rain and I can’t recall seeing such dramatic changes from sunshine to pounding rain. I put on and took off my raincoat a half dozen times and the volunteers and staff out in the gardens all became sponges as we dodged rain drops. We’ll take the rain but it made for some challenges with weeding and other duties as the ground has stayed wet for most of the last week. I don’t mind not running irrigation but I’m hoping the rains will halt tomorrow morning for our third (of five) Volunteer Planting Work Days (8 am until 12 noon, meet at the Parker Education Center). Come on down!
The soggy grounds staff had a busy day. Janice worked on our plant collections at the Horticulture Center, did the cutting display, matched labels and bounced between myriad projects. Cindy was a weeding whirlwind in the Nancy Yahr Memorial Children’s Garden and helped with some yard tasks and lifting some pansies out of containers (for replanting with summer annuals). Big John and Terry push mowed, placed obelisks and spent a good portion of the day installing our “Nature Nooks” which collectively comprise 2015 Garden Art Project (25 art pieces). Terry went on a run for plants when the rain intensified and John continued out in the gardens with help from Bob K. I ran out about 6,000 plants for planting tomorrow (I hope!). It was nice to get away from the desk and start addressing our planting priorities in earnest. Above is the ‘Brass Lantern’ foamy bells (xHeucherella) which has beautiful foliage from May until the snow flies. Below are some additional shots from the gardens this morning.