The Name’s Red. Tango Red.
And no, I’m not talking about the fabulous new lipstick I bought from Sephora last weekend. I’m actually referring to geraniums – the 22,000 stunning “Tango Red” geraniums that are planted here at The Resort every spring.
The planting of these cheerful, beautiful and vibrant flowers is a special occasion that our Resort community looks forward to every May. Not only have these brilliant red flowers become an icon of The Coeur d’Alene Resort, but of our beautiful North Idaho region as a whole.
These elegant blossoms, which were Mr. Duane Hagadone’s Mother’s favorite flowers, will begin their lives in the soil of their new Resort home beginning Monday, May 22nd: the official Resort Geranium Day of 2017. Handfuls of our fabulous (and eager) Resort Team will be on-hand and ready to put their green thumbs — or maybe red thumbs — to work, kicking off the fun on “Geranium Hill”, the large flower bed in the front of The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Once the hill is painted red with vibrancy and life, the gardening mission will continue at The Hagadone Event Center at The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, The Boardwalk Bridge, The Hagadone Corporation Office, The Plaza Shops, The Johnston Building, The Coeur d’Alene Press, The Hagadone Marine Complex and The Silver Beach Marina.
“Geranium Day here at The Resort truly signifies the kick off summer here in Coeur d’Alene,” Steve Malone, Landscaping Manager at The Coeur d’Alene Resort and Hagadone Event Center, explained to me. “Our first shipment of 5,000 geraniums will arrive on Monday morning at around 7:00 am. This is followed by roughly 4,000 more on Tuesday. Wednesday will be the final day of planting at The Resort before we move to the other entities for the final leg of our gardening journey.”
There are three steps to the geranium-planting process: drill, drop and toss. First, a hole is drilled in the dirt to fit the plant. Second, the geranium is dropped in position. Third, a detailer removes and tosses the plastic from the plant and then packs the dirt snugly around it to secure its position for the season.
Mr. Hagadone has pleasantly put geraniums on the map here in Coeur d’Alene and I’ve personally come to enjoy the appearance, aroma and liveliness of these dazzling plants. How about you? Are you a geranium enthusiast? Or do you prefer a different annual to provide a splash of summer color to your lawn?