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Labor Day 2017 Brownie the Town Dog 1-hour Clean Up!

Brownie the Town Dog's grave all spruced up after our 1 hour Clean up on Sept. 3, 2017.
Brownie the Town Dog's grave all spruced up after our 1 hour Clean up on Sept. 3, 2017.

It’s been 2 weeks since we last gave some love to Brownie’s grave. This time we were sponsored by an awesome local company Big Value Garden Center!

Brownie the Town Dog's grave all spruced up after our 1 hour Clean up on Sept. 3, 2017.
Brownie the Town Dog’s grave all spruced up after our 1 hour Clean up on Sept. 3, 2017.

We met at 10 am to clean up Brownie the Town Dog’s Grave. Being that it’s Labor Day weekend, I didn’t expect a large turn out – and I was right! But the awesome Tracy Marino of the Daytona Beach Symphony Society came out to help clean up! Thank you Tracy!

Brownie the Town Dog's grave all spruced up after our 1 hour Clean up on Sept. 3, 2017.
Brownie the Town Dog’s grave all spruced up after our 1 hour Clean up on Sept. 3, 2017. Notice the pink purslane that will spread as it gets more established.

Tracy and I edged the grave, picked up a bagful of trash, added new mulch and planted two fancy, double pink purslane plants that are drought and sun tolerant. The mulch and plants were donated by Big Value Garden Center and we are delighted that they wanted to support our efforts.

Since there is NO WATER at the grave and lugging buckets from our shop to the grave is not fun or practical, I had the brilliant idea to look up on Google if we could use the sulfur water from the ponds in Riverfront Park to water the topiary and newly planted plants. The answer is yes!

The topiary is getting a bit brown, but it’s in surprisingly good shape. The folks at Big Value Garden Center offered some suggestions for highlighting and watering the topiary that I’m going to bring up to the Beautification Board soon.

I’m not a huge fan of the topiary (it looks nothing like Brownie), but I now realize it’s the only dog-shaped topiary that I know of in a public park in Florida and it’s very mature and that is quite rare for Florida. Maybe the city should explore putting more dog topiaries in our future Brownie Pointe Park.

And speaking of sulfur water…

Sulfur Ponds in Riverfront Park Daytona Beach, FL
Cranes, crows, and a duck hunt for goldfish in the sulfur ponds in Riverfront Park, Daytona Beach, FL.

Here is one of the ponds in the park. The City recently put 15 baby goldfish in these ponds and a crane and several other birds were out looking for breakfast this morning! I didn’t notice if any of the goldfish remained, but I think they are hiding at the bottom in the plants, which baby goldfish often do.

There were several ponds in the park that seemed to have been turned off for maintenance. I hope they are turned on again soon. When all the ponds are filled with goldfish again, we will not be able to turn off the ponds whenever we want. But we applaud that City of Daytona Beach for wanting to bring fish back to the Riverfront Park ponds.

The next 1 hour clean up is September 17, 2017 at 10 am. We meet at Brownie’s grave at the corner of Orange Avenue and Beach Street, near the Halifax River.

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