I haven’t blogged in a bit as I’ve been swamped with keeping up with the progress of our spring planting. The 63.5% estimate (regarding percentage of spring planting complete) is quite arbitrary but we are moving quickly to install our annuals and perennials over the coming weeks and have been going non-stop since mid-May. The photo above shows five tough souls planting in the rain tonight out in the Wellness Garden let by Tina B. Our volunteers continue to be exceptional and we’ve had some great assistance with planting from not only our veteran volunteers but additional help from the Bower City Garden Club members, Mercyhealth employees and many others. We continue to see more visitors daily and the gardens have already hosted some early outdoor weddings. The weeds are catching up to us as we juggle planting and other duties but we’re doing our best to make our 30th Anniversary year the best it can be in terms of colorful, engaging and educational displays.
While I haven’t been blogging as frequently as usual due to spring exhaustion issues, the wonderful color out in the gardens hasn’t taken any time off! We’ve seen lots of visitors this week and the garden continues to progress in terms of planting, tidying and the progression of late spring color as we head towards summer. Our volunteers continue to be exceptional and the addition of our three new grounds staff members (Brian, Chuck and Sean) has helped immensely as well. We continue to improve the gardens daily and feel our 30th Anniversary year may be one of our best in terms of color and impact.
This morning was darn right chilly at about 45 degrees F. That reminds me more of May than June but the day did warm up after some late morning rain. We had a very productive day both inside and outside. Our grounds crew of Big John, Terry, Cindy, Sean, Larry and I all had lots of different duties and shifted inside easily for some indoor projects during the hour or so of rainfall (not unwelcome). Our volunteers today included Kathy, Eva, Tim, Stan, Kristin, Kath, Marleen, Barb, Terri, Sandi, Cora, Jane, Dr. Gredler, Bill, Urban, Rollie, Mary Kay, Janice, Art and many others. It was another busy and productive day with LOTS of kids out in the gardens enjoying tours and programs by our wonderful education volunteers.
The rain held off today with the exception of a couple of light sprinkles here and there. The day was extremely productive with our grounds staff and volunteers “firing on all cylinders”! Terry, Larry, Big John, Brian, Sean and Chuck all had busy days with a wide range of tasks including weeding, mulching, composting, edging, rototilling, lawn repair, plant inventories, plant pick-ups and much more! During the day, our volunteers of Kathy, Eva, Kay, Kath, Sandi, Terri, Barb, Dennis, Bill, Dave and many more accomplished a wide range of tasks. We also had 16! volunteers at our Wednesday evening volunteer work evening (see above) with great help from Tina and John. Thanks to the evening crew and their productivity. The gang planted in earnest and I was hard pressed to keep up! Great progress!
We had some light drizzle this morning which later transformed in to a significant and pounding deluge. We accomplished quite a few indoor tasks and the grounds crew (Cindy, Larry H., Brian and Bobby K.) all had projects to contend with during the inclement weather. We did duck outside for some gardening but Mother Nature prodded us inside with consistent rainfall. Our volunteers (Kathy, Eva, Urban, Bill, Dave K., Steve, Barb, Marlene, Mary, Jenny, Bill, Dave and others) had a busy day…primarily inside. The sun peaked out later in the afternoon but it was a damp day overall which may thwart some of our planting plans at the Volunteer Work Day tomorrow…although we’ll have gardening projects regardless. Planting in mud isn’t desirable or ideal! 🙁