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Saturday, March 18, 2006 Is A Hit

My first Toomer presentation was a success. I presented in a workshop called My topic was Building a Family Web Site. We had a nice crowd and I ran out of handouts. Thank goodness for a business center on the same floor. I forgot to show the cemetery page in the first session but remembered during the second session. People generally love the fact that we plant Black-Eyed Susans on family graves in the East Berlin Cemetery. Last year when I described to workshop participants how in August our cemetery is a sea of yellow, full of Black-Eyed Susans, everyone said Awwwwwhhhhhhhh. That was really unexpected, but it warmed my heart. One issue that we have every year is that they mow down some of our flowers. As they are perennials, many of them should be almost bush-like. (Keep an eye out to lawnmowers in the cemetery.) The Planning Committee works on this every year. In the fall we pull the seeds and replant. Family we need your help to keep this going.


  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger Floyd M Riley said…

    During the summer when they are in full bloom, the flowers do make a lasting impression on you. I hope that we monitor them from the beginning of the summer so that they are not mistakenly cut down by the caretakers. Sometimes, the caretakers who do not have discriminating eyes cut them down because they think that they are weeds. We may have to invest in a small fence/enclosure for each gravesite so that we can help preserve the plants until they are large enough to be recognized as flowers.

    By the way, Cousin Susan says that she has a plenty and can provide us with additional seeds or plants. All we have to do is let her know.


  • At 8:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I look forward to helping with the planting of the Black-Eyed Susans. We did put small fences around all of the plants we set out a couple of years ago but a number of them disappeared. We put a lot of work into setting up those fences. Maybe the fences we put up were not high enough. We will find a way to preserve out flowers. They are beautiful with they bloom.

    I have seen all of the Black-Eyed Susans in Susan's yard. You can't miss them when you pass her house and they are in Bloom. We all know Susan is a gardner, maybe she can help us come up with an idea when we plant this year

    Catherine Toomer-Williams


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