29th September: We had not expected such hot weather for our planting with Parks on Saturday 23rd September. The day before, I went to the site, down the edge of the slope from Strathearn Rd and saw that the mulch had been delivered:
At first, I could not see the plants, but when I looked more closely, there they were, cleverly hidden in the undergrowth:
Next morning, the Parks staff were extremely well organized. They arrived early and placed all 308 plants exactly where they wanted them planted:
They also brought the spades, buckets and gloves. Here is Jessica Iraci, one of our leaders from Parks, giving a demonstration of the correct way to plant. Beside her, you can see the two pails of mulch, with the mulch pad on top:
This is part of the crowd of volunteers watching her demonstration:
Here is our other leader, Cheryl Post, giving a second demonstration to another group. There were also 3-4 Parks volunteers helping to supervize:
There were some 60-80 volunteers, most of whom had found out about the planting from the city’s web site. Some of our members were also there. The largest group of 30-40 was from Molson Coors, out planting as part of their “sustainability” theme for the year. Other groups came from the College of Nurses, Martingrove School, Have-a-Heart-Day volunteer group, and an architectural firm. There were also several families such as this one:
Of the 308 plants, the majority were bushes: 100 were alternate and grey dogwood, 49 were red and flowering raspberries, 45 were common blackberries, 34 were serviceberries, and 30 were pasture roses. There were 50 trees: 15 trembling aspens, 10 sugar maples, 10 Eastern white pines, 10 red oaks and 5 basswoods (Jessica sent me the complete list).
The scene below was the same up and down the slope:
The temperature gradually rose to about 32 degrees and we were all out in full sunlight. The ground was extremely hard because of the lack of rain for several weeks, so it was hard work digging the holes. This volunteer looks happy though!
And so does this one!
However, it was a struggle to get all the plants in and the mulch all spread around them on the mulch pads. We finished around noon and everyone was glad to take off for a shower. Today I am relieved to see that it is raining. Those plants will need every drop they can get!