Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Volunteers

I managed to get three sunflowers out of the five or six seedlings that were in the ground under the bird feeders.  Volunteers is what they are called, seeds you never plant but come up all by themselves to bloom.

My sunflower

The wild gardens have lots of volunteers.

Liatris in the wildgardens

Liatris and Rudbeckia in the wild gardens….and a whole lot of raspberry canes.  I suppose if we left them alone we would get raspberries….I mow the entire area every fall. 

Now for different types of volunteers. All the hoopla from the All School Reunion is over.  Far Guy did an excellent job getting arrangements made for his class get together of 47 years.  Just down the road Jo and classmate Barry planned their 50th Class Reunion.  I saw all the work that went into both events.  All the volunteers that made the weekend a success deserve a big thank you!  Unless you have done it yourself or helped you have no idea the hours that are spent.

We ordered prints of the photos from Far Guys Reunion and one day this week they will all go into the folder he has full of class memorabilia. The last of the bowls and misc. items left behind have been returned to their owners. All three of “the old farts” that worked so hard are exhausted and wondering what to do next …besides relax and look back on what a good time they had.

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19 comments:

  1. Love the photos of your volunteers this morning. I've never attended a class reunion but I can only imagine the work/stress of all the planning. I hope you guys will enjoy your day. Hi to Chance.

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  2. Love your flower pictures. Volunteers put in a lot of work and generally don't receive the recognition they deserve. Thank you for thanking them.

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  3. I have a volunteer hollyhock in my garden. Although I planted one last year, it didn't do well, but instead it came up a year late, doing fine! Congratulations on a successful gathering for FG's class. I know he must be exhausted but it's wonderful he was able to do it! Yay for volunteers! :-)

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  4. Its not only the planning but the foresight to have "Plan B" in your pocket, for anything that might have a snafoo!!!
    I hope all the other classmates appreciate all the hard work that goes into making an event go smoothly and fun!!!

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  5. It is funny how the volunteers, (plants) seem to do best. Well, I guess that could apply to the other kinds of volunteers too. Your wildflowers are very pretty.

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  6. Lovely flowers, especially the purple ones.

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  7. Congratulations to Far Guy for working so hard on the reunion and for being the class "babysitter."

    Few people know or care about the work it takes behind the scenes to pull off a successful event like a reunion, but they sure do love to attend and then leave before it's time to clean up. Been here, done that.

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  8. I have a reunion coming up in September at the Jersey shore. I love the sunflower!

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  9. Volunteering is a very rewarding activity, so I know how Far Guy feels.

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  10. So glad to hear that the participants AND the volunteers that made it happen had fun and cannot take a pause and sigh!

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  11. Those three "old farts" could stir up all kinds of fun! Volunteers make so many of the best things happen in this world. And sometimes in gardens, too. Outside my window I see two brilliant golden clusters of rudbekia plus a couple dozen now-spent stalks of liatris. They both pop up well beyond the spots where they were planted years ago.

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  12. Relaxing is a wonderful idea. Somehow I don't think that's gonna happen.

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  13. Hey Doll, your post is filled with beautiful volunteers of all venues.

    I pray you've had a gloriously blessed and well planted summer!!!

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  14. "Ag Days here brought several class reunions here to which we were invited & attended in spite of my 3 hour shoulder surgery on Wed. With OXYC I was somewhat more loopy than usual but none of my ex students seemed to mind...:)

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    1. Oh my hope you recover quickly from the surgery:)

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  15. Those photos are a good reminder of the positive side of "what goes around comes around" and that volunteering is proof of pay-back. Always a bonus when the pay-back is so colorful! It may not seem as tangible, but your reunion volunteers will surely get some pay-back for all their hard work, too!

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  16. I have a lot of volunteers in my garden too, including several sunflowers planted by birds who enjoyed the seeds of my planted sunflowers last year.
    Putting on events like these reunions is a lot of work, but it's also very satisfying when all goes well.

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  17. It is a lot of work. I am in mixed emotions about the reunions. The majority still live in the same area of the town. It is more like a family reunion for them rather than a long time no see situation. I liked seeing the cake.

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