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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of June 26)

Posted June 26, 2023 by M.S. Coyne

Last week in the Cemetery started wet and quickly became hot and dry. The end of June marks the end of many events in the cemetery and the start of a few months of relative calm for routine maintenance before programs begin again in Fall. It’s also a chance to start seeing various plants fruit and flower.

The summer flowers are starting to bloom:

Dayillies (Hemerocallis spp.) Virginia Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana)

The newly planted Daisies (Bellis perennis) by RCO Benjamin’s grave in Section B are spectacular.

Our tree species are starting to fruit. The Hazelnuts (Corylus americana) in Section C are FINALLY starting to bear enough fruits high enough off the ground to prevent the groundhogs from getting them; now, to protect them from the squirrels.

The Alleghany Chestnut (Castanea pumila) is regarded as an inferior version of the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata), but still edible. We’ll see if any of these fruits grow to maturity.

One of our Burr Oaks (Quercus macrocarpa) is producing a nice crop of acorns for Fall.

Both the Black Cherries (Prunus serotina) and Hackberries (Celtis occidentalis) are setting fruit this year.

So is the Elderberry (Sambucus spp.). If we can beat the birds to them, we might be able to cook up a few things.

Sadly, it looks as though the birds beat us to the very few Service Berries (Amelanchier arborea) we had.

Mowing and trimming, as always, alternate weeks and this has worked nicely this year to create a well manicured sod and keep down the Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense) in Section A.

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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