Eight Spruceniks, (Warren Turner, Past Presidents Jennie Stipick, Tina Philpot, and Rick Otness, plus Erich Schuetz, Bob O’Brien, Jim Riticher, and your Humble Correspondent) convened at Monroe Park (also recently known as Bounds Gardens) last Saturday for a major planting project: 40 (yes, 40) Purple Pixie Dwarf Loropetalums around the perimeter of the park.
The day began at 7:30 a.m. for Warren and Fred. They deployed the 40 containers around the perimeter and marked their locations with spray paint. The rest of the crew reported at 9:00 a.m., and with little fanfare and zero idleness, dug the holes, placed the plants, added dirt mixed with peat moss, and scooped up little berms around the holes to properly direct the water downward to the roots. Besides Jennie’s hard work, her arrival with a box of Da Vinci donuts made her a favorite of the work crew.
Our timing on this project couldn’t have been better, beautiful weather on Saturday, and generous spring rains on Sunday.