Plants Going Out & Coming In!


Today was another warm one at around 83 degrees F.  Threats of late afternoon rain made for an overcast afternoon but it was still quite warm.  Nice shot above of the ‘Dawyck Gold’ upright European beech (Fagus sylvatica).  This time of year would be considered, in my mind, the busiest of the season as we attempt to juggle weeding, removing dormant bulb foliage and planting.  We had another bustling day around the gardens which is pretty typical.  As always, the combination of a dedicated grounds staff along with excellent volunteers makes for a very productive day.  We saw many more kids that were enjoying the Plant Program facilitated by our Education Volunteers.  There was lots of action including watering.  We sure hope we get some rain soon which looks fairly likely over the coming days….


Volunteers today included Kathy, Eva and Kay weeding in various areas.  Roy, Mary, Magda, Marleen, Kathy and Mary H. were all planting in various areas.  Bill O. did some mowing and Maury ran errands.  Urban was out in the gardens pruning.  Rollie made a road trip for some of our memorial bricks.  Alan helped with painting, yard duties and weeding.  We also saw Vern, Barb C., Chuck S., Betty H., Shirley and many others today.

Big John worked on rototilling, running irrigation, made a plant run and lots of odds and ends.  Cindy focused her weeding/tidying duties on two areas, helped with watering and did the cutting display.  Larry H. mulched, planted (roses), watered, etc.  Trevor and Nolan helped with lifting bulbs, edging, mowing and tidying up.  I was able to get out in the gardens but also had some desk work to finish in a prompt fashion.  It was a great day overall!


willowleaf bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii) – perennial


‘All Gold’ Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra) pierced by horsetail (Equisetum) – perennials


‘Goshiki’ variegated Japanese zelkova (Zelkova serrata) – woody tree


‘Purple Sensation’ ornamental onions (Allium) in the foreground of a nice view!


‘Stainless Steel’ coral bells (Heuchera) – perennial


Nolan (left) and Trevor are fitting right back in for summer #2


Kathy (above) was a weeding demon in the reception garden today along with Eva (below)



Marleen (left) and Magda put in lots of plants in their assigned garden today


Bev (above) was assembling pink flamingos…top secret


Roy and Mary (above) put in a good 100 colorful plants this morning!


Alan M. (above) helped with all sorts of things today including painting!


‘Starlite’ Prairieblues™ false indigo (Baptisia x bicolor) – perennial


‘Solar Flare’ Prairieblues™ false indigo (Baptisia hybrida) – perennial


‘Blue Ice’ hybrid bluestar (Amsonia hybrida) – perennial


‘Looking Glass’ false forget-me-not (Brunnera macrophylla) – perennial


variegated Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica ‘Tricolor’) – perennial


‘Purple Sensation’ ornamental onion (Allium) with Golden Spirit smokebush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Ancot’)