Summer Day

It was a warm sunny day today with temperatures in the lower 80 degrees F.  It felt quite “summer-like” out in the gardens and the strong sunshine, heat and moderate breeze prompted us to do quite a bit of watering today.  Nice shot above of variegated giant reed (Arundo donax ‘Versicolor’) out in the garden.  We never used to think this grass was hardy but this clump has come back for over five years now.

We had a productive day with Janice, Bobby K., Cindy, Trevor and me working on various grounds tasks and Kathy, Eva, Terri, Sandi, Kay, Bill, Barb, Alan, Elaine and many others helping out in the gardens with a wide range of duties.  The gardens continue to look great and we’re headed towards about 50% complete with our annual planting.  We will now be juggling more weeding and watering over the coming weeks and hope for a continued, strong volunteer turnout.  Sorry for the short blog but this has been a long (and productive) week.

‘Purple Smoke’ false indigo (Baptisia hybrida) – perennial

this is one of six cart loads of plants I brought out for placement for planting tomorrow (I hope!)

Sandi (left) and Terri did some major planting today

variegated Corneliancherry dogwood (Cornus mas ‘Variegata’) – woody tree

Kathy P. (left…throwing cottonwood seeds!) and Eva

a portion of our planting project for tomorrow (barring thunderstorms)

the female cottonwoods (Populus deltoides) are really dropping seed right now – “snow” in June!