It was an interesting day with some significant rains but also times of sunshine or just light clouds. The day started quite overcast with the promise of rain which came pounding down around 9 am this morning. We had consistent rain all morning and a smattering here and there latter in the afternoon. However, we were able to have a very productive day both out in the gardens and in the Horticulture Center. Above is a photo of the batface cuphea (Cuphea cyanea) looking perky today. We have quite a bit of planting left to accomplish as well as significant weeding. That was the order of business both before and after the rainfall today. We had a great grounds crew and volunteers trickled in throughout the day, particularly as the weather cleared up a bit in the afternoon. There were some tours today and thankfully they were able to get out in the gardens although umbrellas were occasionally in use as well. Below are some other photographs from the gardens this morning.
'Circus' coral bells (Heuchera)
'Sweet Kate' or 'Blue & Gold' spiderwort (Tradescantia x andersoniana)
'Dark Towers' beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis)
Our early morning volunteers like Barb (above) were able to put in some planting and weeding time before the rains came later this morning. Below are Barb, Eva and Cindy planting one of our few remaining open beds. Kay and Patrea worked on tidying the shade garden which include picking up lots of branches for the recent storms. They were ultimately thwarted by the rains as were Mirjam and Marcia who were planting in the English cottage garden. Vern (second photo down) came in to work on some carpentry projects and Urban came in for some pruning. Dr. Gredler stopped by to work on a mower (repair) and the third photo down shows Mary (left) and Leslie working in the sunken garden where they were later joined by Judy L. Shirley continued her weeding work in the old color rooms garden and Maury ran some errands for us as well. Janice (along with Dawn) worked with Janelle, Jordan and Victoria on preparing and planting their raised containers at the Horticulture Center. We also saw Kris K., Mary H. and many others today as well.
Janice (left) assisting Janelle with her planting scheme (great selections)
Jordan with is "all veggie" scheme above
Victoria did a great job selecting plants for her desk planter which turned out very well
The grounds crew had a busy day outside, inside and then back outside. Terry and Jenny (half day) had their own projects and worked together to plant an area before the rains arrived. Both returned to indoor projects and Terry shifted back outside for various projects once the weather cleared. Cindy (half day) worked on planting and indoor projects during the rain. She potted up some annual grasses that really needed to be upgraded to a larger Pat did some major weeding and then spent the rainy hours really tidying up our vehicles. Big John worked on removing some trees, collecting debris, mulching and other projects including our rainy day tasks. Cheryl spent her time weeding the terrace garden and front sign garden. Everyone did a great job today with plenty of teamwork going on! I gave a presentation to a tour group that arrived during the rains
'Golden Dream' coleus (Solenostemon scuttelarioides)