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Everybody, everybody

Last Thursday we had a Staff Planting Day. While there may indeed be a few staff I might like to see planted this was really about non-Horticulture staff helping in the gardens for a couple hours. A chance for the poor souls to get outside and experience non-fluorescent light. A chance for them to feel air moving not by machine but by the forces of nature. A chance for them to get some dirt under their nails as they scrape and climb their way up the corporate ladder. Turn out was excellent, about 24 people. Here’s a large group at the Sutphin Fountain.

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We actually had to separate them into three groups going off with different Horticulturists. Even then we ran out of planting work and a large group worked on cutting back some daffodil foliage. In less than an hour we got around 70 flats planted.
I only managed to photograph the people working in my areas. I tried very hard not to get a bunch of butt shots. No one ever seems to want to be immortalized with their hiney pointed at the camera.

A very relaxed plantswoman.

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Busy  hands.

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Guess who’s planting here with diamonds flashing like Paula Deen’s hands in biscuit dough?

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If you guessed the woman wearing I heart HR you were right.

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Really want to mention one of the perennials in bloom this week, Campanula ‘Sarastro’. This bellflower with its huge bright glossy blue flowers is a stunner.

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They are a bit rambunctious but not dangerous. They would make excellent cut flowers too.

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‘Sarastro’ is pushing two feet tall and easily that wide. So far it has stayed pretty upright despite the rains and such large flowers in such great numbers. A fussy gardener would definitely do some staking.

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It’s been a very busy couple weeks and plenty more to do so I’m cutting this blog a bit shorter than normal.

Oops! I forgot to tell you. We get our honey bees Monday.

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