We had another great batch of volunteers today. Grumpies included Ron W. and Larry H. who both helped Larry haul off the sizeable remnants of a downed tree (old boxelder) on the north path. The guys moved on to some other projects (fourth photo down). Bob C. (directly below) worked on regraveling many of the pathways and Ron B. worked on air edging with Bob T. in the arboretum. Dave, Vern and Jim continued work on their shed project and Dick H. came in later to run loads to the dump and replenish our fuel supply. Dr. Gredler mowed most of the lawns in preparation for the weekend. Gary was also in to help out as was Bill O. in the afternoon. Our Grumpettes included Suzy and Marilyn (to the right, Marilyn in teal). Other Grumpettes included Karla, Donna, Sue and Cheryl. The ladies did a great job of weeding almost all of our flower beds at the east end of the gardens and they had time to work in the daylily (Hemerocallis) collection as well (see Sue and Donna three photos down). Shirley was in early and we positioned her in the All-America Selections garden for some weeding. The second photo down shows Pat edging the moss rose (Portulaca) beds. Hal & Doris continued to work on their awesome garden area too. We also saw Mary F. today and Stan pruned in the Japanese garden this afternoon.
With watering taken off our "to do" list for the day, the grounds staff was able to actually do some traditional gardening. Janice worked with the Grumpettes this morning and spent some time with Karla in the Ornamental Edible & Compact Vegetable Collection. They staked plants, removed plants, weeded, re-seeded and picked many vegetables. Janice also worked in the new moss islands, weeded in the formal gardens and did some various odds and ends. Larry worked with the guys this morning and spent a good portion of the day with the weedwhip in hand. He also ran some errands and helped load up three truckloads of debris for the dump (thanks Dick H.!). To the right is the 3" diameter sphere of orange offered by the 'Moonsong Deep Orange' marigold (Tagetes patula). I've recently decided that I really like marigolds and this would be one of my top five favorites. Our marigold (Tagetes) collection last year was interesting and also helped demonstrate not only the differences between varieties but the fact that marigolds are just darn tough in the landscape. To the left is one of our many moss roses (Portulaca) in the collection. This is the variety 'Pazzaz Pink Glow' which really was glowing today with the overcast skies. This variety, and others in the series, are technically ornamental purslanes (Portulaca oleracea) which are bred for these large colorful flowers.
Pat had offered to come in today for five hours to help with our watering efforts. I was happy to use him for gardening though. He did a nice job weeding two huge areas along our frontage road (Palmer Drive) and edged the moss rose collection as seen further above... I think he also enjoyed the break from slinging hoses. We'll have his help tomorrow as well. I spent most of the day in meetings or catching up on desk work before my vacation next week. This morning, I went up to NBC15 in Madison (see bottom photo) where I was taped with Amy Carlson interviewing me about our upcoming Home Garden Tour this Saturday. This segment will air early (6 am?) this Saturday and will hopefully encourage some more attendance for this important fundraiser. The event runs from 10 am until 4 pm and you can get tickets at RBG, K&W Greenery and Patty's Plants (Milton). To the right is the 'Mexican Way' daylily (Hemerocallis) in our collection. Daylilies are quite photogenic and there are so many beautiful varieties. Directly below is a view thru the "bamboo gridded" window in the Ma Chii' structure in the fern & moss garden.