Have you checked out the Wildflowers? If you can find the time, check out the Willow City loop, north of Johnson City. It is well worth the time.
We don’t have a count of the volunteers that worked at the Trash Off on Saturday, April 10, but it was very successful. Pat and Tommy Vallone and their crew fed over 100 workers. While the Trash Off was going on, the courthouse volunteers were installing the lawn and planting trees at the courthouse. It will be wonderful when they finish the landscape.
We hope you have taken the time to walk through Bindseil Park. Most of the plants have come out of their dormancy. The irises are beautiful colors of white, lavender, and purple. We started nine years ago with a few white tubers given to us by a citizen. We will be thinning the tubers later in the season. Many of the perennials are coming back, slowly. This is the coldest winter that we have had in 20 years. Be patient; we’ll be able to tell in 2-3 weeks if they will reappear or if we start over. So far, the Tecoma Stans, also known as Yellow Bells, haven’t come out. This is a very popular perennial that isn’t showing any green.
It’s time to take the patio plants outside and get them ready for the spring and summer season. Many will need to be divided, new soil added, trimmed, and fed. Some plants, such as airplanes, ferns and others, may need to be cut into smaller pieces and each piece potted in a separate pot, adding new soil. Sit them in the shade and continue to feed and water until they fill out. Some of the plants may need to be covered if the weather drops below 40 degrees.
There are many new varieties in the nursery, Take some time and visit your favorite nursery.