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Activities for 26 March 2024

This was my first day back from a 3-week trip to the east coast to visit family and friends. It was great seeing everything looking so good in the garden! While I was away the Tuesday Crew was kind enough to keep me informed as to their activities: new plantings in Lillian’s Meadow and elsewhere, weeding in the S. African Garden, general cleanup, etc.

Today, Monica Barton, Beverly Kemmerling, Daryl Stutley, Nancy Taylor Walker and Janet Wall were on hand to welcome me back. When I arrived, they were already at work in the S. African section weeding euphorbia, mustard and some rampant native fuchsia. Below Nancy captured, Janet, Daryl, Monica and Beverly.

After I arrived, we went up to the top of the hill to see if there was any wind damage or weeds going to seed. Nancy captured me holding a large mustard plant and Janet holding a handful of thistle.

In addition we dug up several horehound weeds that must have been very small the last time we did that job in February.

We knocked off early to celebrate my birthday that had taken place last week.  The group provided a couple of boxes of excellent cup cakes, and Bill Dobner and John Allday joined in the party.  Janet captured the scene below:

And below, John, Janet and Bill:

I'm always amazed when I find something in the garden that I’ve never seen before. Today it was the following:

which might be Freesia refracta if my Google Photos app directed me accurately. It’s under the struggling olive tree at the first 4 corners and is well worth a visit. Also below at the bottom of the new part of the S African section, calla lilies are in bloom again:

Good to be back Enjoy the garden this week as there may be rain this weekend that will require closing the garden to the public. KMM

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