seasons in the park
I ran into Mary while the sun was rapidly descending behind the trees. She had filled her canvas with a dense row of trees catching some of the changing colors finally showing after some cool nights. While she was packing up her tools, the last rays of the sun caught the pine cones above our heads. You can find more of Mary’s work on her website: www.MaryWaltham.com.
The winterberries (ilex verticillata) in the Lovers Lane/ Stockton corner of the park were showing their bright red fruits this week. The berries ripen late in the season and sometimes can still be seen on the shrubs in the wintertime. Until they fully ripen, birds do not touch them because they do not taste good. Winterberries are native to swampy areas in North America.
Several very dry summers (not this one!!!) has raised concern for the survival of recently planted trees. Until this year the drinking fountain near the sandbox was the only acces to water in the park. Our board member, Andrew Sutphen, remembered the existence of another drinking fountain in the park he used in his childhood. He did some nifty detective work to uncover the location of old water pipes in the park. They were still in good shape! With the assistance of the town and a plumber, we have access to municipal water in two more locations. To protect the soil around the water spigots, we surrounded each spigot with a small bed of small river pebbles. Future planting projects will become much easier to manage with easier access to water.
During these long days of summer, visitors to Marquand Park can enjoy the sultry white flowers of several trees and shrubs blooming now. At dusk, white flowers seem to glow in the evening light. Here’s what’s in bloom this week:
Posted by Becca Flemer Clemente