Odds and Ends

It’s been a crazy week with lots of frantic preparations for when this slow moving spring finally pounces on us!  We’ve had great volunteer turnout throughout the week.  The weather looks like it will be pretty sour for the next three days with some cold weather next week.  These photos are actually all from Wednesday around the gardens as I was gone most of the day today (Thursday) with two presentations.  Nice crocuses (Crocus sp.) above!  I have some photos from today I’ll share shortly but wanted to thank all the returning volunteers (like Kathy P. above and Dr. Gredler further below) for all their recent work.  We had another great turnout today and before my departure, I know I saw Steve E., Alan, Marv B., Ron R., Ron Y., Jim, Dave, Barb C., Vern, Dick H., Dr. Gredler, Dr. Yahr, Lynn, Kathy P., Peg L. Mary W. and many others that likely straggled in while I was gone.  The grounds staff included the hard-working trio of Larry H., Cindy and Janice. Kathy (above) is organizing our many keys in our new key box and note the various shades of paint represented on Dr. Gredler’s apparel below…a veritable record of his “color explorations.”

some of our “bare root” perennials have arrived and were quickly planted by Cindy B.

winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis) – above and two below

the moss is looking great right now!

marsh marigold (Caltha palustris) – perennial

hellebores (Helleborus sp.) like the one above are just starting up! – perennial

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are poking up quickly! – perennial