Continued Cloudiness

The daffodils (Narcissus) like those seen above should finish up in the coming week or so but many of the tulips (Tulipa) are still going strong (see below) although they are still a bit ahead of schedule.  The cool temperatures and lack of sunlight like we had today and yesterday will lengthen their period of bloom which will be nice.  Today was pretty cold, windy and miserable for most of the day with sporadic drizzle and a chilly breeze.  The grounds staff of Cindy, Larry H., Janice and Big John did a great job with a wide range of gardening tasks and preparations for future events.

‘Stunning Apricot’ tulip (Tulipa)

‘La Belle Epoque’ tulip (Tulipa)

‘Happy Family’ tulips (Tulipa)

‘Come-Back’ tulips (Tulipa)

‘Grand Perfection’ tulip (Tulipa)

‘Alibi’ tulip (Tulipa)

‘Purple Dream’ tulips (Tulipa)

‘Flaming Spring Green’ tulips (Tulipa)

‘Mystic van Eijk’ tulips (Tulipa)

Lots of current spring color out in the gardens is provided by colorful, vivid foliage like that of Claim Jumper™ katsura tree (Cercidiphyllum japonica ‘HSI1’) seen above.  I didn’t capture any of our volunteers with my camera today but we did have some great help.  Kathy P. and Cathy E. did a whole lot of weeding this morning and tackled multiple areas.  Alan M. did some painting and Bill O. came in for some mowing.  We also saw Gary S., Erik F., Dick P. and many others.  It was another productive day although the weather was a return to early April conditions and we certainly long for some more heat and sunshine!

Gold BullionTM pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia ‘Bachone’) – woody tree

moisture beading on lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis) – perennial

‘Red Peacock’ crabapple (Malus) – woody tree

‘Chinese Dragon’ ligularia (Ligularia japonica) – perennial

‘Kelly’s Gold’ boxelder (Acer negundo) – woody tree

‘Korean Snow’ plantain lily (Hosta) – perennial

‘E. A. Bowles’ variegated mockorange (Philadelphus coronarius) – woody shrub

‘Shockwave’ variegated garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) – perennial

‘Drummondii’ variegated Norway maple (Acer platanoides) – woody tree

some new benches are being installed out in the gardens (made by our Grumpies!)