Cool, Damp, Productive

It was an overcast and cool day and the previous dampness from rainfall extended throughout the day.  This is always nice as we don’t have to worry as much about watering although high temperatures near 70 degrees F today are quite a bit under average. Nice shot above of New Vintage™ Rose yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Balvinrose’) just starting to bloom!  Our grounds staff of Big John, Shania and I all had multiple tasks although again, thankfully watering could be neglected today with more rain expected over the coming days.  Our volunteer turnout was strong with Dennis, Steve, five Mercy Health System volunteers, Bill O., Dr. Gredler, Kathy P., Eva, Kay, Gena, Nancy, Patti, Myrt, Sue M., Mary, Greg P., Cheryl P., Kristin, Tina, Sue C., Becky, Urban and many more.  We had a very productive day!

‘Illuminator’ yellow meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum) – perennial

‘Saratoga’ ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) – woody tree

Kodiak® Black bush honeysuckle (Diervilla rivularis ‘SMNDRSF’) – woody shrub

nice bumper crop of common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) – perennial

goatsbeard (Aruncus dioicus) – perennial

Becky continues to do an awesome job repainting the lettering on our quote benches!

Urban (pruning above)

members of the Madison Master Gardener Association toured the gardens with me today – above in the Plants of the World Collection

Mary and Dennis (playing with his toy)

The Planting Crew – left to right we have Nancy, Gena (back left), Patti, Myrt (standing), Mary (blue) and Kay in the far back right side….lots put in the ground today!

Dr. Gerald Gredler

pale coneflower (Echinacea pallida) – perennial

‘Paprika’ yarrow (Achillea millefolium) – perennial

‘Sunny Delight’ Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra) – perennial

The frogs (see below) are all up for the Garden Art Project which coincides with our StoryWalk program that utilizes the Giant Aquarium (above)…come check it out!

‘Wizard Mix’ coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) – annual

blooms of Catalpa x erubescens ‘Purpurea’ – woody tree