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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of July 17)

Posted July 24, 2023 by M.S. Coyne

Last week in the Cemetery was hot. Again.

As noted last week the Bottlebrush Buckeyes(Aesculus parviflora) are flowering and attracting Bumble

Bees (Bombus spp.) as pollinators. The Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.) are also starting to bloom and

attract their share of pollinators

(Bottle Brush Buckeye in Section F)

Crape Myrtle in Bloom
Crape Myrtle Blossom

Thursday afternoon we had a second visit from the Governor’s Scholars for the Arts (GSA). The 27 students finished mulching all the trees in Section A, removed the Winter Creeper (Euonymus fortunei) from trees, picked up sticks and rocks along the cemetery perimeter, and cleaned markers. We ended our session with a discussion of “Dolly” Johnson, White House cook in the Benjamin Harrison administration and R.C. O. Benjamin.

Flowering shrubs weren’t the only things growing in the cemetery. This Stinkhorn Fungus was sprouting because of the warm wet weather for the past week.

Stinkhorn fungus

It did not last for long. Saturday was an overdue mowing day in the cemetery.

Remember, if you or your group would like to contribute a few hours of service maintaining African Cemetery No. 2 in 2023, please contact Mark Coyne at to plan a visit.

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