Back on Track?

Nice shot above of the colorful foliage of ‘Fire of Love’ tulip (Tulipa) in front of the Parker Education Center which features another 99 varieties coming up quickly too!  We had a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the upper 60 degrees F which is quite a change from last week!  The weather was perfect and I saw some sunscreen in use as well.  It was a very active day and I was happy to be outside for plenty of fresh air.  We had the full grounds staff (Cindy, Larry H., Janice, Larry O., Bobby K., Big John and Terry) and they all kept up with wide range of tasks. Our volunteers included Kathy P., Derrick, Ron R., Steve E., Lloyd, Kevin C., Alan, Dr. Gredler, Maury, Nancy, two RECAPPERS (awesome job!), Peg, Dick H., Dave, Bill O., Ron Y., Vern, Jim, Bev D. and some others.  We also saw Steve J., Gary, Marcia L. and some others.  It was a super day and the week looks great in terms of sunshine and temperatures.

‘Gold Coin’ Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) – woody plant

nibbled pansies (Viola x wittrockiana) provided at container height for a quick snack

‘Josef Lemper’ hellebore (Hellborus niger) – perennial

‘Black Diamond’ hellebore (Helleborus hybrida) – perennial

Kathy P. above (with her eyes closed again)

above is the start of an interesting new development in the arboretum – stay tuned!

Alan and Derrick (left to right, above)

Lloyd, Ron R., Derrick and Alan – left to right

winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) patch – above

‘Jetfire’ daffodil (Narcissus) – above