What do you do with a bunch of Dead-heads?

We’ve had an exceptional year for the rose’s, and are deep in the second of three blooming periods. Most mornings after the beetle battle we spend time dead-heading the roses. No, that doesn’t mean swaying around to music and eating cold grilled cheese sandwiches in stadium parking lots. It means removing the wilted petals and rose stems from the bushes, and you don’t have to smell patchouli oil. Recently we’ve started leaving these petals and cut roses on the sidewalk.

The petals and roses generate a lot of conversation between us and the early morning park visitors. People are really enjoying being able to take the freshly cut, yet wilted roses. And tossing around and walking on rose petals? It’s kind of nice, although I’m sure most people think the Kardashian’s (Registered Trademark) or a bunch of poets must have passed through or something.

They’re Here

The Japanese Beetles are here. This morning we found 11 of them in the 60+ rose beds. By next week they will number in the thousands. They’ll be around throughout August, if I remember right from last year.

Park Patrol

Be cautious those who plan on being bad, this newly found and formed park patrol is, well, on patrol. So if you see a flying unicorn floaty with scary dolls and a stick-man coming your direction, you should worry.

Ashes & Ashes

People use the parks. That ‘s what they are for, and we are fortunate in Minneapolis to have such beautiful and inviting places to spend our lives and create memories that last.

And last.

On occasion we find small piles of cremated. Sometimes they seem to be just placed there or dumped out instead of scattered within the winds. I’m not certain how people think these settle. or if it’s even a concern? It’s usually some mildly freaked out garden worker who finds these, and will either leave them alone or maybe quietly till them back into the soil.

I remember finding this bag last year one morning as we were doing clean-up from the previous night. One of my coworkers asked aloud why they would need to name this?

We also find on our morning rounds, less frequently thankfully, other piles of ashes, left over by ash holes. Speaking of ash holes, those “X”‘d out trees aren’t Ash and they aren’t alive either. Last year those same kids who won’t get off my lawn, peeled all the bark off these and turned them into canvases for all the cleaver graffiti they leave behind

The Spoiled Fruit of Lake Harriet AKA Vandals

When it gets nice outside, and the schools let out, we get a lot of Vandalism in the park. This all happened over the weekend of June 8th. Those concrete urns are very heavy and were attached with re-bar. Some very strong, very messed-up people spent a long time doing this. Knocking down structures, that’s easy and fun too it seems.

The last two pictures are unfortunate nightly events. Why is peeling bark, carving the moronic BS and breaking off substantial tree limbs a “thing” now? No idea.

This park is in an affluent part of the cities. All of this is caused by those precious spoiled fruits of Lake Harriet who seem to think nothing of the world around them. It makes me very sad and very angry.