Blooms at Mount Auburn

July 8, 2019

Mount Auburn’s landscape is composed of a diverse array of plants and trees that come into bloom at different times and in different seasons.

What’s in Bloom: Week of July 15, 2019

Golden St. Johnswort, Hypericum frondosum, Walnut Ave.

Sourwood, Oxydendrum arboreum, Garden Ave.

Japanese stewartia, Stewartia pseudocamellia, Mountain Ave.

Montbretia, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Rosebay Path

Jackman clematis, Clematis xjackmanii, Admin. bldg.

Daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Stella d’Oro’, Story Rd.

Japanese iris, Iris ensata, Asa Gray garden

Bigleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla, several locations

Beautyberry, Callicarpa dichotoma, Asa Gray garden

Goldenrain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, Spruce Ave.

Bottlebrush buckeye, Aesculus parviflora, Fountain Ave.

Ural falsespirea, Sorbaria sorbifolia, Birch Ave.

Ballon flower, Platycodon grandiflorus, Several locations

Fountain grass, Pennisetum ‘Karly Rose’, Flagpole

Common daylily, Hemerocalis fulva, many locations

Japanese spiraea, Spiraea japonica, several locations

Begonia, Begonia sp., several locations

Sedum, Sedum sp., Poplar Path

Catalpa, Catalpa xerubescans, Weigela Path

Dephinium, Delphinium sp., Greenhouse garden

Sea holly, Eryngium alpinum, Greenhouse garden

Zinnia, Zinnea sp., Greenhouse garden

False sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides, Greenhouse garden

Speedwell, Veronica spicata, Greenhouse garden

Snapdragon, Antirrhium sp., Greenhouse garden

Yarrow, Achillea sp., Greenhouse garden

Sunflower, Helianthus sp., Greenhouse garden

Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, Greenhouse garden

Statice, Limonium latifolium, Greenhouse garden

False aster, Boltonia asteroides, Greenhouse garden

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens, Mountain Ave.

Lanceleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata, Mountain Ave.

Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, Mountain Ave.

Butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, Mountain Ave.

Daisy fleabane, Erigeron annuus, Mountain Ave.

Bladder campion, Silene vulgaris, Mountain Ave.

Ohio spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis, Mountain Ave.

Gayfeather, Liatris spicata, Hazel Path

Germander, Teucrium canadense, Central Ave.

Wintergreen, Gaultheria procumbens, Hazel Path

Canna lily, Canna sp., Fountain Ave.

New Guinea impatiens, Impatiens sp., Fountain Ave.

 ‘Knockout’ rose, Rosa ’Radrazz’, Spelman Rd.

Rose, Rosa sp., many locations

Creeping bellflower, Campanula rapunculoides, Rosebay Path

Amur Maackia, Maackia amurensis, Crystal Ave.

Alumroot, Heuchera sp., several locations

Foam flower, Tiarella cordifolia, Fountain Ave.

Snowball viburnum,Viburnum plicatum ‘Grandiflorum’ Swan Ave.

Linden, Tilia sp., several locations

Astilbe, Astilbe sp., Asa Gray garden, Chapel Ave.

Sweet bay magnolia, Magnolia virginiana, several locations

Chinese chestnut, Castanea mollissima, Dielytra Path

Oak-leaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia, many locations

Swamp azalea, Rhododendron viscosum, Hazel Path

Clematis, Clematis ‘Betty Corning’, Clematis Path

Smooth hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescans, several locations

Kousa dogwood, Cornus kousa, several locations

Catmint, Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’, Azalea Path

Meadow sage, Salvia nemerosa ‘Blue Hill’, Azalea Path

Threadleaf coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’, Azalea Path

Beebalm, Monarda sp., Azalea Path

Water lily, Nymphaeaa odorata, Willow Pond

Pickerelweed, Pontederia cordata, Willow Pond

Pink-flower indigo, Indigofera ambylantha, Linden Path

Hosta Hosta sp., many locations

Sweet shrub, Calycanthus sp. several locations

Shrubby cinquefoil, Potentilla fruticosa, Asphodel Path

Bloody cranesbill geranium, Geranium sanguineum, Yew Ave.

Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia, Main office

Yellow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum, Mountain Ave.

Spotted dead nettle, Lamium ‘White Nancy’, Vesper Ave.

Rhododendron, Rhododendron sp. several locations

Creeping mint, Meehania cordata, Fountain Ave.

Creeping myrtle, Vinca minor, several locations




Story Chapel Exterior Masonry Repairs

February 20, 2019

Work will begin in March on a two-year exterior masonry repair project at Story Chapel.  The project will include rebuilding many of the building’s stone buttresses, extensive repairs to the stonework on the upper portion of the chapel’s tower, and 100% repointing of the exterior masonry joints.  Ongoing moisture issues related to deterioration of the stonework necessitate replacement of a significant amount of the stone at the buttresses and throughout the building.  The original red sandstone quarried in Potsdam, New York, has been susceptible to splitting along bedding planes, opening up gaps in the stone and contributing to failed masonry joints through which water can penetrate.  The Potsdam sandstone is no longer quarried, so identifying a replacement of stone has been a challenge for maintaining the building.  Working with architects at McGinley Kalsow and Associates, a suitable red sandstone from Locharbriggs, England was identified in 2015, and has been used on two smaller repair projects in order confirm that it will be a good substitute.  When dry the replacement stone is a very close match in terms of color and it was used successfully in a pilot project last year reconstructing buttresses at the southeast corner of the building. The pilot project also provided us with an opportunity to test different mortar recipes for compatibility, color, texture and workability. 


The American Goldfinch

July 4, 2019

The American Goldfinch pictured above (Photo by Jeremiah Trimble) is perhaps one of the most familiar and appreciated songbirds in our area. The noted ornithologist Frank Chapman wrote: “Panoplied in jet and gold the merry, care-free goldfinches flit in the summer sunshine. They wander happily about, singing, wooing, mating, eating, drinking and bathing all summer without family worries.” (more…)

Open Position: Cemetery Operations Technician

July 1, 2019

Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the role of Cemetery Operations Technician.

The Cemetery Operations Technician works within all Cemetery Operations departments as needed. Under the supervision of the department’s Director, the Technician performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual labor tasks pertaining to the daily operations of the Cemetery. Duties will require the employee to work outside in all weather conditions and includes digging foundations and installing monuments, assisting with interments/burials, and repairing the irrigation system following safety rules and regulations. Performs additional tasks as assigned.