Another Rainout!

We had a productive morning and early afternoon although the threat of rain became a reality around 1 pm with some significant precipitation.  Nice shot of ‘New Moon’ globeflower (Trollius x cultorum) above before the rain.  I was able to place lots of plants out in the garden but unfortunately we cancelled our third planting work day this afternoon due to weather.  We had to cancel the Work Day this past Saturday, the Noon Rotary planting day yesterday and again, the work day today with volunteers from Johnson Bank.  We’ll catch up but the soggy soil isn’t helping much!

Our grounds staff of Janice, Big John, Cindy, Trevor and myself were augmented significantly with excellent volunteer help from Kathy P., Eva, Jenny D., Dr. Gredler, Tina, Barb, Bill, Maury and some others.  There was lots of weeding, mowing and general tidying today with the grounds staff all having very specific duties related to spring progress at the gardens.  We had a great day despite yet more rain from Mother Nature.  Tonight is a lecture on Turf as part of our monthly lecture series.

‘Ivory Queen’ ornamental onion (Allium karataviense) – perennial

rooftop iris (Iris tectorum) – perennial

‘Baumannii’ horsechestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) – woody tree


‘Purple Fountain’ European beech (Fagus sylvatica) – woody tree

Dream Catcher™ beauty bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis ‘Maradco’) – woody shrub

neat and tidy entrance to the south end of the Japanese garden (nice job Kristin!)

‘Akikaze Nishiki’ variegated Shantung maple (Acer truncatum) – woody tree

‘Rick’s White Tip’ Colorado spruce (Picea pungens) – woody tree