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Last Week in the Cemetery (Week of October 31)

Posted November 3, 2022 by M.S. Coyne

Last week in the African Cemetery No. 2 was nearly perfect Fall weather: COOL in the morning; WARM and SUNNY in the afternoon.


Just when you think the landscaping is over, another opportunity occurs. Lynn Weak of Hoe N’ Hope Garden Club donated a batch of heirloom and commercial Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) for Fall planting to ensure a Spring Show. Daffodils are traditionally used to symbolize Rebirth and New Beginnings. They

are also used to represent Inspiration, Forgiveness, and Creativity.


Here are the varieties we received:


LARGE CUPPED Audubon  2W-WWP

Curly 2 Y-Y 

SMALL CUPPED

Achnasheen  3 W-GWW 

DOUBLE (grandmothers double 4 W-Y )

SPLIT-CUPPED COLLAR Palmares 11a W-P 

SPLIT-CUPPED PAPILLON Broadway Star 11b W-O/W

Dolly Mollinger 11B W-O/W 

POETICUS (grandmothers heirloom  9W-YYR)

Geranium 8 W-O (a Tazetta division)

Ice Follies 2 W-W (a large cupped division)


[The numbers after the name denote the division of daffodil and the first alpha character denotes the petal color and the alpha characters after the dash denote the cup] For more information about the individual types, open this link https://daffseek.org/


To create some new daffodil space, we pruned back the heirloom Forsythia (Forsythia spp.) where Sections C,D, and E meet (By Emma Baily’s marker) to make a new planting area.





What a difference a couple of weeks makes in Fall. Two weeks ago a Red Maple (Acer rubrum) in Section A had resplendent color.

This week all that is left are bare branches.


Kentucky Utilities pruned, but so far has not removed our large heirloom trees in the back of the cemetery. With luck we will be able to keep them for years to come.



This past week we also had 10 sections of UK’s AEF 100 course on “Issues in Agriculture” tour the cemetery (almost 200 students). Hopefully that spread word about African Cemetery No.2 across

campus.


Remember that if you or your group would like to contribute a few hours of service maintaining African Cemetery No. 2, please contact Mark Coyne at mscoyn00@gmail.com to plan a visit. We’ll be open for

groups to work again in Spring 2023.


But, as always, feel free to visit African Cemetery No. 2 any time.

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