Thanks for joining us for the third and final instalment of Our Green (and Gold) Thumbs. We are truly blown away by the willingness of our staff to share their passion for gardening, growing, and maintaining. A big thanks to everyone for their contributions to make this trilogy grow to a bumper crop. Our Part I and Part II are still in bloom on our blog for those who may wish to visit.
Natasha Nunn, our web developer with our Information Technology Services team, has put in a lot of prep work to get her tomato and cucumber seedlings ready to plant outside. She said that she planted them mid-March and hopes to get them into the garden by next weekend. We hope the fickle Alberta weather behaves itself.
We can’t get enough of the adventures of Circulation Specialist, Natalya Brettle, and Bobbi the Yorkie (aka Skinchy Maroo). Besides a plethora of herbs and veggies these two plant, we love this creative nostalgic piece that they submitted. Natalya explains, “That was my childhood wagon, and my husband helped me drill holes in the bottom so I could turn it into my annual ‘petri dish’ for wild flowers and such.”
Public Services Librarian, Katie Cuyler, is carefully tending to the orchids rescued from her office in Rutherford South. She says, “Despite losing all their flowers in the move they’re just about to bloom again! Very symbolic of how we’re all adapting to working from home.”
We love the planters and the cute little herbs sprouting up through the soil, courtesy of Sessional Librarian, Sarah Adams. Sarah writes, “Growing my kitchen garden of basil, thyme, parsley, rosemary, and sage from seed and anticipating all the cooking to come!”
Sonya Leung is a familiar face on our blog. The Information Services Specialist is one of our social media whizzes and authors many great stories with notable gifs and earworms (see her fantastic Mother’s Day 2020 post). “I’m not normally a green thumb at all.” Sonya notes, “This is my apple tree that I planted as a joke when quarantine started back in March. She has been growing and I plan to put her in our yard when she’s bigger. I’m thinking about making a plaque and naming her Pandemica but we’ll see if she survives that long.”
We were in absolute awe over the gallery that Public Services Librarian, Peggy Sue Ewanyshyn, provided us…so much in fact that we can’t decide which amazing photo to highlight; her amazing statues, her preference for potted pansies, her canine companion, or her adorable little gardening assistant.
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