Today had some nice rain over the late morning which was a timely arrival. We never count on the rain as we’ve regretted doing that in the past after it doesn’t materialize. We did have some irrigation and sprinklers going but Mother Nature took over later in the morning. I was able to get outside this morning and capture some great flower shots like that of the ‘Solar Flare’ coneflower (Echinacea hybrida, Big Sky Series) seen above in the English cottage garden. All the other photos were taken today. We had a strong turnout this morning of volunteers but the rain encouraged an early departure for many of the volunteers and staff.
We had a productive morning before the rains arrived! Above are Ron R. (left) and Lloyd loading up shredded bark for a significant mulching project with Bob C. on the west side of the Parker Education Center. Ron P. (directly below) continued his job of skimming and replacing gravel along one of our primary paths. The second photo down shows Eva (foreground) and Kathy in the entrance garden slope where they are “weeding the gaps” that are closing in quickly! New volunteer Jennifer helped them out as well. Del was in for some work in the Horticulture Center and Dr. Gredler got all of his mowing done. Gary S. worked on labels and Maury F. had some work out in the gardens including some errands. Marcia L. and Mirjam were out working in the English cottage garden which is looking spectacular. Bob K., Vern, Dave and Jim all had carpentry projects and Dick H. made a trip to the dump. Dick P. picked up some bricks for us and we also saw Dr. Yahr and many others today.