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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of May 15)

Posted July 5, 2023 by M.S. Coyne

It was a trimming week this week; very warm and dry.

The Irises Irises (Iris spp.) were in full bloom this week.

(Irises in Bloom Around Military Markers)

I was ambitious enough to start looking if some of the nut-producing trees were fruiting. If this Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) is any indication, we should have a good crop for the squirrels in Autumn. Sadly, the Buckeye is not edible by people.

(Ohio Buckeye Conkers To Be)

Hoe ‘N Hope Garden Club paid an off-schedule visit to make sure the entrances to the cemetery were in top shape for Memorial Day Weekend. They also cleaned up around the Crape Myrtles(Lagerstroemia indica), which took a beating from the cold snap last winter. All of the plants survived, but summer flowering looks like it will be more sparse than usual.

(Hoe ‘N Hope Garden Club Works Around the Front Gates)

I’ve been watching new construction on Louden St. this season. A duplex is on the verge of completion. The residents will have a gorgeous view of the cemetery from their backyard patios. This is another example of the slow, but steady, gentrification that has been occurring in the East End for several years.

(Looking to the Back of the Cemetery in Section F)

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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