It's easy to be distracted at Pocahontas. Landscape gardening is a distraction in the sense that my real objective in the park is management of invasive plant species. I just can't make my way around the public-use areas of the park without seeing that the landscape beds need to be tended. In another instance I was recently distracted from tending my daughter's landscaping when I was asked if I had a use for several cubic feet of mortar sand. My reply at the time was no, but later, while supporting the Clean Virginia Waterways cleanup, I was distracted by seeing that the horseshoe courts on the recreation field needed to be cleaned and refreshed. So, this distraction let to the little project of refurbishing, with some help, the horseshoe courts with donated sand, instead of tending to the landscape beds.
Actually, both tasks were accomplished today. A few weeds and spent flowering stems were removed from the Heritage Center Garden. I transplanted five American Beautyberry plants from the Native Plant Garden to the CCC Field. At the CCC Field I spread some mulch and did some weeding and hoeing. The "winter annual" weeds are growing again, and it seems as if the mulch disappears faster than I can spread it.
Thoughts on the park, its residents and how to preserve its natural beauty.