It was major excitement the day the plants arrived. The people who ordered plants had them scheduled to arrive in two shipments over two days so we were prepared to go and unload and plant one shipment and the next day plant the next shipment. Well, of course nothing ever goes exactly as planned. We had a big storm move through the night before so we went to Plan B.
Prior to the planting day the design ladies were busy labeling the garden so everyone would know what goes where. They started out making flags for every plant that was to go in the garden. Oh boy, they soon realized that would take forever. They were all like, yeah, let’s do this. It will take a couple of hours at the most. They soon decided they should just make one flag and write the quantity of plants in that area which greatly cut down the time. Even doing that it took them six hours to make all the flags and put them throughout the garden so all the planters would know what goes where. Easy peasy right?
Delivery day arrives. The first truck is unloaded and since it’s so wet this is sorting day. More flags were made to put in each plant variety with the quantity of how many there should be. The Garden In A Box plants were sorted, flagged and staged by the different gardens. The rest of the plants were sorted by plant type. Easy, right? Well, it would be if we all knew the scientific names of all the plants. Plants were ordered by scientific name so had to be flagged by scientific name, and the hunt was on. OK, what is this plants common name so I can find it or have some idea of what I’m looking for. It was quite the education trying to look at a flag, find the plant by the scientific name, and sort them out. It took a lot longer to have to go pull the little plastic label from the pot to read what it was so we could get the right flag in it. We decided since some flats had to be divided into more than one place in the gardens and we didn’t have all the plants for some areas of the garden as they weren’t arriving until the next day that it was a good thing to stage all the plants by garden area and then the second delivery day we would have all the plants before trying to place them where they belong. So, all in all the rain was a good thing.
Oh boy!! We actually get to plant the second day. Again, with the scientific names. Some fun with everyone outside asking what is this and where does it go, is this the right amount, which direction do they go around the rock, where exactly in this area? No, those are sorted, don’t touch them yet. A big THANKS to all the design team members for being at the planting. They worked so long on the design they could almost tell us where each plant was supposed to be. Without them being there, even with the great flag system, it would have been chaos. The first day we worked about 4 hours unloading and sorting out plants. Day 2 was a huge day. All those plants had to get in the ground. It took about 15 of us (dwindled down to maybe 10 at the end of the day) seven hours to plant all the plants. It was interesting to see all the different plantings styles, sitting with bent knee, sitting with straight lets, just bend over, kneeling, and even laying down! A long day but the task accomplished. After planting we turned on the new irrigation to give them a soak and all worked great. And then we all decided we all needed to go home for a long soak as well.
A couple short discussions of what and where? It was really no small task.