There were two jobs being undertaken today at the museum. The first was to finalise the graveyard data which involved retyping dates, due to incompatibility of software. The second, and more interesting, job was to start the process of revamping the arboretum to become more of a general botanical garden. The site is next to the National Museum on a plot where a house was destroyed in Hurricane Ike.
The first section was the dune garden at the seaward edge of the site in an area that gets quite a lot of sea spray. This involved shipping in sand to make an artificial dune and putting in a few plants in the newly created habitat. Other areas were tidied, including removing lots of prickly succulents (Euphorbia species) that really should not be there. In one cleared area bulbs of rain lily (Zephryanthes portoricensis) were planted to await the next rain.
There was a little passing wildlife to be seen. Monarch butterflies and yellow butterflies flew through and there were large numbers of red ‘love bugs’ (as yet unidentified) swarming over some of the fallen fruit.
The graveyard got another visit to check that the map works and to photograph one or two stones where the photograph was poor of missing.