Budding landscape architect and plantswoman, Ginny, came up with an elegant arrangement for the new Hypertufa Troughs that the the North American Rock Garden Society grant allowed the arboretum to purchase. Everyone worked on mixing the media solution that Tim came up with, and filling and planting the troughs. Here Jeremy is mulching the nearly finished troughs with gravel.
Here is Tim’s magic formula for trough mix: 5 parts compost, 2 Permatill, 1 bark mulch and 1 soil. – Don
Tony Avent graciously hosted most of the arboretum staff and and interns for an afternoon at Plant Delights. Here are some baby Amorphophalli that we saw. This species is one of Tom’s favorites. That’s Tom’s arm in the picture. The young phalli are already red with excitement. Tony also donated a slew of plants suitable for the new troughs that will adorn the roof garden.
Thanks for everything, Tony! – Don
We tried to keep up with Tim as he lead us around the Arboretum so we could take cuttings (Tim wouldn’t let us take Aesculus chinensis since it won’t root). We did get to take cuttings from Callicarpa japonica ‘Shiji Murasaki’, Deutzia parviflora, Stachyurus ‘Carolina Parakeet’, Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgandy’ and plenty of Salvia. Despite the rain, we enjoyed wandering around the gardens and choosing our favorite plants to propagate. We spent the afternoon potting seedlings and learning about the filemaker computer program.