Monday, February 27, 2017 – Transplanting, Women’s Garden, Bulbs, Deer Scram, Robins, Sun Room Propagation, Elder Lindeburg Rehearsal, Sis. Lowe & Lucy Mack Cast
It was pretty nippy this morning so we worked for a couple of hours in the propagation room transplanting more seedlings. And there were a lot, we transplanted Impatiens, Natal Grass, Digitalis (Fox Glove), and Mahogany Splendor Hibiscus.
Later in the morning after it warmed up a bit we were in the Women’s Garden blowing leaves, fixing flower beds and spreading deer repellant. We received reports that some of the tulip bulbs were uncovered and needed to be replanted. While Sis. Johnson blew leaves I found and re-covered more than a dozen tulip bulbs that mysteriously were sitting on the surface, uncovered. Some of them had children’s foot prints in the flowerbeds so that explains how they got uncovered.
The other serious problem in the tulip beds are the deer. Evidently tulip leaves and bulbs are very tasty to a deer. Again today we sprinkled “Deer Scram” on all of the tulip beds. Then just for good measure, Richard applied a liquid deer repellant with the backpack sprayer. Our bosses, Richard Hancock and Scott Higley take the deer problem very seriously.
Last Friday I saw the first Robin of the spring season. I hadn’t seen a Robin in Nauvoo for six months. Well today there were Robins everywhere. Spring won’t officially be here for three more weeks but the Robins think it is spring already.
After work this afternoon Sis. Johnson and I were asked by our Rendezvous director, Sis. Lowe, to rehearse “George & Agatha” with Elder Lindeburg. He will be a new Doctor in our vignette. Elder Lindeburg has his lines down and is catching on quickly to his stage presence, blocking, gestures, etc. Sis. Johnson and I enjoyed our rehearsal time with Elder Lindeburg, we really need all the rehearsal time we can get too.
This evening Sis. Johnson and I went to watch “Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo” put on by the “Lucy Mack” cast. It was a real treat to watch because our director, Sis. Lowe and her husband played the part of “Thomas & Elizabeth.” At the end of their vignette they sing a duet, “Farewell Nauvoo” and they knocked it out of the park! Wow, Elder & Sis. Lowe can really sing, it was a great show all around.
Today Richard gave Sis. Johnson and I six trays of various types of seedlings to take home for planting around our house. When he plants from seed he has to assume a poor germination count. But when the germination is above 80% there are always too many seedling for him to use. So we get to take the extras home.
Saturday I set up the tables under the grow lights on our back porch. We also call it the “Sun Room” and now we can call it the “Propagation room” too. After work today we transplanted a lot of the seedlings into larger pots. We are going to have a ton of flowers to plant in May. The only problem is storing them for the next two and a half months.