Monday, June 2, 2008

The Monday Crunch

The shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) above are indicating that its June with their crystal clear white flower petals and "egg yolk" centers. I like shastas for their color and the variety 'Becky' (not above) is spectacular. However, they like to seed around a bit and we've had a heck of a time keeping up with weeding it out of some garden areas. With the possibility of rain throughout the week, we hit today running with planting. We had some great volunteer help and Marianne and Janice got some "trowel time" in while Marv and Terry kept working at their stone step project (looking good, pictures to follow soon). Jerry and Larry did odds and ends and I was able to fertilize 80% of the lawns prior to the rain that has just started here.

To the left is a shot of some lupines (Lupinus sp.) in our formal perennial garden with ornamental onions (Allium 'Globemaster') behind them. With the heat, the ornamental onions are going fast but that works out well for us as we'll be cutting them down soon as they go dormant so we can overplant that space with seasonals or other plants.

We have a big work day this Saturday and I hope to put in about 30,000 annuals or so. I'll need 40 people but am optimistic for the weather and the turnout. We'll be planting a lot of our blue and orange theme around the entrance garden. This should be a very successful volunteer opportunity and I look forward to the palpable progress out in the gardens. This "sea" of forget-me-nots (Myosotis) in the Scottish garden is just finishing up. Still lots of color out there though!

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