Whether or not the daffodils bloom next spring, the 30 bags of mulch (90 cubic ft.) will really help protect the trees from salt and animal waste this winter. If we also get lots of daffodils, that’s a bonus!
We planted about 1,400 daffodil bulbs. Some of those left over after everyone ran out of steam were given to the neighborhood gardener, Costello Caldwell, who is one of the key planners of our Spring planting event. He will plant them in area planters.
Although we don’t have an exact count, about 42 people participated, of whom 10 or so were young kids. The children had a great time with trowels and a flower box.
Five trees on Broadway were mulched as well. The two big tree wells in front of the Semiperm transitional housing residence, on the other side of Broadway, were mulched and planted with daffodils.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves very much.
A couple of particular extra big thank-yous are due to the following people:
~Costello (Broadmoor) and Tommie of Royal Wolves and Amy Mooney at 865 WEA went to New Jersey to collect 30 bags of mulch and 2 big bags of topsoil.
~Camille Colon collected 1500 daffodil bulbs from the Daffodil Project. Without the bulbs, there would not have been an event.
~BIG thank-you to Moe Imerukaj at 878 WEA, and to the residents of the building, who gave permission for us to use their sidewalk as the staging area. Moe stored all the mulch and soil, and provided a big folding table, a hose, a big trash can, a broom, and trash bags. He was also there for the whole day, and did his building’s tree wells.
~Debi Cohen at 884 West End and her two sons got permission from their landlord to remove horrible, unsightly, and dangerously broken cement blocks from 4 tree wells, permitting much more rainfall to the trees. A huge effort—they were out there for hours. They’ll also be planting daffodils.
~Someone donated a folding wheelie cart to the Block Association. It was really handy to have it for carrying mulch to various locations. We are grateful to whomever it was.
~Thanks also to the folks at 300 RSD, who stored the bulbs for 2 weeks.
~And thanks as always to the members of the Block Association Ecology Committee, who turned out in force and did many hours of raking, digging, and mulching.
-- Eve Sinaiko