Another Hot One!

It was another hot one today!  There did look like a promising chance of rain this morning and while areas north and east of us received rain, we were missed again!  Wednesday does look promising for some precipitation.  It was another scorcher although the morning was comfortable for a bit.  Nice shot of Decadence® ‘Pink Truffles’ false indigo (Baptisia hybrida) seen above.  We had a great year of color from our false indigo (Baptisia sp.) selections this spring.


Our grounds staff of Cindy, Big John, Trevor, Janice and me all kept busy with a wide range of duties including plenty of watering.  Cindy was in early and continues to do a great job planting up the Hummingbird Haven theme in the Nancy Yahr Memorial Childrens Garden.  Big John ran irrigation, watered and had plenty of odd jobs. Janice continued planting the Heirloom Garden, watered and went around treating our hostas in advance of slug damage.  Trevor primarily watered  and I continued to run out plants for daily installation to keep up with our accelerated pace.

the increasing piles of nursery plastic are a telltale sign of rampant planting!

the English cottage gate (above) is blue for the first time (thanks Alan M.!) but most folks don’t notice the demon squirrel on top (see below)

‘Cinnamon Toast’ false indigo (Baptisia hybrida) – perennial

Vicky and Steve (above) put in a full day of planting and tidying and weathered the heat as well as any of us!  They do a nice job.  Kathy, Eva and Connie were on hand for weeding and tidying.  Firefighter Cathy was in to plant roses and help weed.  Bill O. did his mowing rounds while Steve E. and Frank planted some new daylilies.  We also had our Garden Development & Maintenance Committee meeting which included Gary, Dick P., Becky, Maury, Iza, Big John and Cindy.  It was a lighter day for volunteers and I’m sure the weather had something to do with that!

‘Forever Pink’ hybrid phlox (Phlox hybrida) – perennial

Bowman’s root (Porteranthus trifoliatus) – perennial

a mix of showy seedlings in my garden