Beautiful photo above from this morning looking up in to our tricolor European beech (Fagus sylvatica ‘Roseo-marginata’) near the gazebo garden. It was an absolutely beautiful day out in the gardens with ample sunshine and temperatures in the lower 70 degrees F. We had an aggressive day of planting and I was barely able to keep up with hauling out and placing plants ahead of our crack planting teams. We also had some great tidying efforts out in the gardens and the grounds staff was busy as well. The grounds staff of Trevor, Bobby K., Larry O. and myself all had plenty of action including watering in select locations.
Three large areas were planted today and I’ll post photos of our second Wednesday planting opportunity this evening which had fourteen volunteers! Thanks Big John and Janice for helping keep things moving and thank you as well to Alan, Garrett, Dylan, Flannery, Arnie, Peggy, Renee, Sue, Sue E., Cathy, Grace and Tina. Terri was nearby finishing up weeding along the edge of the gazebo garden and had help earlier from Sandi. Our volunteers were busy throughout the day. Stan, Kristin, Cheryl P. and Greg all did a great job of maintenance in the Japanese garden. Eva and Cathy continued weeding and clearing foliage in the shade garden. Mary, Sue, Myrt and Patty all planted in the gazebo garden and finished what the Chestnut House volunteers had so nicely started in terms of mass planting. Steve E. continued planting shrubs while Alan was out in the gardens to touch up some paint and work on other projects. Vicki and Steve did an exceptional job planting in the North Point garden which is their assigned garden space. Barb continued working in the Giant Aquarium after helping with the youth education (along with many of our other exceptional education volunteers). Peg was in to work on plant records and labels. Bill O. did his mowing. We also saw Vern, Maury, Mary and Big John came in for many hours to work on tidying up after doing an amazing job with a rented bed edger.
Barb’s neat corner in the Giant Aquarium (fish created by Vern)
Magic Show® ‘Pink Potion’ speedwell (Veronica hybrida) – perennial
fern & moss garden today
‘Rikugi Sakura’ Siberian iris (Iris siberica) – perennial
‘Fire Frost’ foamy bells (xHeucherella) – perennial
false indigo (Baptisia australis) – perennial
Lady in Red ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Tuilad’) – woody shrub
our Chestnut House volunteers (above/below) doing a great j
Mary, Myrt, Patty and Sue did a nice job finishing planting along the edge of the gazebo garden border
‘Globemaster’ ornamental onion (Allium sp.) – perennial