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Activities for 20 December 2022

My objective today was mainly to scout the garden for any litter from the kid’s event put on by CRPD this past weekend. I have to say they did a great job of cleaning up and/or volunteers worked on the cleanup Monday. We (Nancy Taylor Walker, Monica Barton, Beverly Kemmerling, John Allday and I) only found what’s in Monica’s image below and what was in my pocket for eventual discarding at home — and much of that was leaves and bits of mulch. The most ‘interesting' item found was the contents of a box of paper clips that had evidently spilled out under a bench. Those were painstakingly separated from the leaf litter and collected for disposal.

Bill Dobner, Steve Davis and Bob Butler were also on site. Bill worked on compost, and Steve brought out 2 honey bush plants from the nursery which he set flags for in the S. African. We proceeded to plant those and watered them in. Monica recorded Beverly K, John and myself at that task.

Note the red hot poker in the background which I’ve featured before; it and others in the S. African section are still putting on a show!

While in the S. African section, at Steve’s request, we caged several of the relative of society garlic which had been eaten down to the nub, but the flower stalks were oddly untouched.

The final job of the day was to sweep off the paved part of the front entrance both inside and outside the gate. Beverly caught me sweeping the flagstones.

Bob Butler was on site changing out some of plexiglass panels for kiosk doors. Many of the old ones are deteriorated to the point that the underlying information is not readable.

For plants this week, below is a bunch of paper whites, a daffodil relative and a true Mediterranean native of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

These are under the chitalpa tree at the top of the hill, and there are bunches in other parts of the garden.

Then there was this Jack-o-lantem mushroom (O. olearius) near the front gate. A mildly toxic mushroom species that can cause sweating and gastrointestinal distress.

Enjoy the garden, and have a happy and healthy holiday season! KMM

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