Rain Please!

I went to work this morning thinking we’d have a rainy day and that didn’t materialize.  Cloudy skies dispersed and a sunny, hot day (82 degrees F) arrived.  We certainly can use the rain and it looks like we’ll get some over the next day our two (hopefully).  Nice shot above of daffodils (Narcissus) at peak near the arboretum this morning.  The daffodils will finish quickly with the recent heat but they are always beautiful for whatever duration they provide color!  The tulips (Tulipa) are now blooming quickly.  We had a productive day and took advantage of the great weather.  We also had a pretty good sized plant delivery arrive which is the start of the constant flow of incoming plants for the grounds and looming Spring Plant Sale.  The grounds staff consisted of Janice, Larry H., Larry O. and myself.  Our volunteers included Bill O., Kathy P., Eva, Kristin, Stan, Greg P., Cheryl P., Cheryl D., Maury, Dave T., Vickie (new volunteer!), Peg, Art, Myrt, Patty, Nancy and many others.

Farrer viburnum (Viburnum farreri ‘Candidissimum’) – woody shrub (very sweetly fragrant!)

hyacinth (Hyacinthus) – perennial bulb

perennial windflower (Anemone nemorosa)

‘Carnegie’ hyacinth (Hyacinthus) – perennial bulb

Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are just starting up – perennial

Kathy P. (left) and Eva (above)

‘Sunningdale Variegated’ masterwort (Astrantia major) – perennial

white drumstick primrose (Primula denticulata ‘Alba’) – perennial

hard to see the scale of this bullfrog but it was huge!

‘White Splendour’ wind anemone (Anemone blanda) – perennial bulb