In mid-November the Rosa rugosa in front of the Museum was subjected to its annual fall haircut, and a  few days later the indefatigable worker bees of Gardening For Life met to trim the edges.  Our goal:  to tidy the gravel terrace by cutting back the insidious vines and weeds that have crept out from the wall of R. rugosa toward the picnic tables.

We poked at some vines and roots;  tugged and scraped away at some grasses and unidentified green things;  rescued a few self-seeded columbines;  unearthed several outposts of native prickly pear cactus;  and reluctantly admitted that even just tidying the edges is a bigger project than a few ladies of a certain age could handle.

So we have put off the Rosa Rugosa Project until the heat of the summer sun can help us in our efforts.  Meanwhile, we are busy planning the Gardening For Life Speaker Series and getting ready for the annual Plant Sale and Native Plant Marketplace on June 3!
Pam Turnbull, Ann Harris and Jan Evans cheerfully attack the weeds and vines that are creeping into the picnic area.
When a tangle of bittersweet and thorny smilax was raked away, this volunteer prickly pear cactus was revealed. Assuming it’s our native Opuntia humifusa, we plan to dig it up in the spring and move it to a visible but hard-to-reach spot — away from little fingers.