DALE AND SUSIE worked for about three hours in the Celebration Garden this morning. Given that publicity for the Gardens Work Morning was minimal, I was very glad to see Dale and have his company and productive work. We spent most of the time stubbing back branches on beautyberries, which can use a haircut in the spring and still rebound vigorously by fall. We also took dead foliage and stalks off caryopteris, Amsonia hubrechtii (which is about to come into bloom–steel blue clusters), and miscellaneous perennials. Additionally, we did some weeding on that bed and encountered too many large and small poison ivy plants. The berm bed looks much better. Dale spent time after Susie left in raking gravel off a garden bed near the handicapped parking areas by the building.
I was also pleased to see that Jean‘s gift gladioluses (2nd year) survived the winter. Since I never got them dug up last fall, in early December I covered the planting areas with straw and evergreen branches in hopes that the insulation would allow them to survive. Many of the bulbs now have foliage that is 5-6″ high, so that approach worked over last winter.
Still needed throughout the Celebration Garden is crawling to find grapevines and oriental bittersweet–both seedlings, which can be pulled, and larger escapees that need to be clipped off and stubs treated with glyphosate. There’s plenty more work to do in all of the beds, so I am hoping that we’ll see other volunteers on some of the other scheduled May work days. Cool weather makes it all much pleasanter though rain doesn’t.
THANKS, Dale for your contributions today, and for several days you have worked independently on your Street Road tee-bed and elsewhere. And thanks to Harry, who has been out frequently tending to his spring wildflowers, and to Nancy who has been exhausting herself on the front entrance garden beds.