Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happenings at the house

Right about now everything is going great guns. The roses are popping and all else is coming into bloom.

Here are the pics from tonight:

The foxglove is blooming.
Gotta like the Lupine!

And lastly the peonies. The supports have done their job. The plants are upright, even though we had a heavy rain.

Until later...

Vegetable garden update

I won't bore you with a lot of text today, the pictures speak for themselves. Everything is  coming up!

But we do need rain!

Social Day benefits worthy organization

As previously mentioned, my company, along with our sister company performed our social day cleaning up the grounds of a worthy organization. However since it is already posted on the company intranet, I will let that article speak for itself.

Deutsche Börse Group holds first Social Day in Chicago 05/26/2010

Nine staff members participated in the event, and when they set out the weather threatened to storm. Happily, all work was completed by 5 p.m. and the downpour started only after the employees were safely in the bus on the way home. The new plants were soaked by the rainstorm, which even helped save some money on water costs!

When the Group arrived, the colleagues were quickly separated into three groups by acting foreman and avid gardener David Offutt. Offutt, who writes a gardening blog (, volunteered for the job. The three groups were responsible for landscaping three different areas, including the front façade, walkways and new picnic/grill and relaxation areas. Acting foreman Offutt planned the garden and landscaping project so that the project will bring lasting improvement for “Family Matters”. Extra care was taken to select perennial plants that will continue to bloom in future years, as well as a small number of annuals that “Family Matters” employees will use to instruct program participants about the need for ongoing care for the environment.

“Family Matters” staff and children expressed their evident pleasure with their new environment, and while the construction was still ongoing, even enjoyed their very first outdoor after school snack on the picnic table that Deutsche Börse Systems, Inc. and Eurex staff built.

The Social Day was a particularly positive experience for the Deutsche Börse Group employees. Not only did they get to give back to the community, they also were able to enjoy an exercise in friendship and team-building. DBS Inc. participant Kevin Lasch was a satisfied participant: “For me, it was very rewarding to help others, and to do it in a team building environment was very worthwhile. I find great success in seeing the expressions of our finished work in the people we/I am helping. The fact that we stayed dry, was all the better!”
What a flattering article!
Here are pictures from that day.
The "Before Pictures."

The Crew

Getting it done
Here are the "After Pictures"
Everyone worked very hard. The recipients are pleased with the results. We look forward to more projects like this!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rose Burst!

I came home to see this!
These are so beautiful!

And lastly, the last of the lettuce harvest.

Looks like the Rose Party will be this weekend. Until Later.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sunny Saturday

It was a grubby day weeding, taking down the hoop house, and general maintenance. Hot and sweaty, but with a cool beverage I bring you this update.

The hoop house came down. It served its purpose well. Time to harvest the lettuce and plant our tiny “kitchen garden.”

The irises are in full swing. I like the purple and the yellow in the east bed.
And the varigated ones bloomed for the first time this year. In fact there are a few things that this is the first year. Exciting!
The Lupine is doing it's thing. The blue by the drive has bloomed before, but the ones on the west side of the house are blooming for the first time
Even the false Jacobs Ladder is blooming!
The Peonies are starting, the anemone ones along the house are always first.

Finally, the black locust is in bloom and it glows at twilight
So that is all for today. In a few days I hope to have a special report from our company's "social day", where we spent a day to do over the yard and garden for a worthy organization. Stay tuned!
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