I had a brief window this afternoon between my last appointment and daycare pick-up, so I paid a visit to Mount Auburn Cemetary in Cambridge. Opened in 1831, Mount Auburn bills itself as the oldest large-scale, designed landscape in the United States. It is a great place to see mature specimen trees, and much of the plant material is labeled. It’s also a quiet oasis right across the river from hectic Boston — this afternoon, all I heard were the cardinals and robins delighting in worms fleeing the moist soil.
With their shallow, thirsty roots, beeches are notoriously difficult to plant under. Lamiastrum can be aggressive to the point of weediness, so this is a match made in heaven.
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