With John’s trip yesterday and mine today, we have quite a nice assortment of pansies that will be offered as part of our Pansy Sale held in conjunction with our Compost Sale this Saturday (8 am – 12 noon). The photo above shows just some of the 9,000+ pansies that can be purchased in three formats: hanging basket ($12), mini-planter ($7) and 4 packs ($2 each, mix and match). It’s a great time of year to plant pansies and certainly add compost to the garden. With our Spring Plant Sale looming over Mother’s Day weekend, we have a lot of opportunities for folks to pick up some great plants at reasonable prices. Bagged compost, obelisks and other offerings will be part of the spring sale which again has a heavy focus on vegetables, perennials, herbs and shrubs. Lots of color seen out in the gardens today (see below) and plenty of staff and volunteer efforts (see further down as well).
Despite their scowling faces, Terry (left) and Big John (above) had a fun day out in the gardens (I think…). The guys continued preparing containers including those planted by Cheryl (below) in the sunken garden and those that Cindy did in the reception garden. The guys also helped unload and process incoming plants and shifted things around for more painting at the Horticulture Center. Cheryl and Cindy also finished potting up our caladiums this morning, moved on to pansy planting in 14 large containers and Cheryl did a nice job watering all of our yard and greenhouse plants which literally doubled in quantity in the last two days and will continue to “accumulate”! After my trip to pick up pansies, I spread some crabgrass pre-emergent control in problem areas (do it when the forsythia are in bloom!), unpacked plants, had a meeting and continue to try and keep up! It’s now the busy season which is always exciting. Further below are additional shots from this morning out in the gardens.