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McKeller Cemetery

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The Rancho Cemetery in yesterday’s post was the second one we visited on March 13th. The first was the McKeller Cemetery a few miles north of Gonzales. One thing that jumped out at me was the contrast between the colonies of phlox (Phlox drummondii) and bluebonnets (Lupinus subcarnosus) on the one hand, and the artificial flowers people have put on some graves.

And speaking of cemeteries, there’s now lots more information about seashell-covered graves in yesterday’s post about the Rancho Cemetery.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 15, 2023 at 4:37 PM

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  1. I envy your wildflower filled cemeteries. Most of ours have just what folks leave as remembrances. Big on grass and small on flowers.

    Steve Gingold

    March 15, 2023 at 4:58 PM

    • That’s true of most cemeteries here, too, but at least we have some of the wildflower persuasion. I’ve probably seen at least ten of them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 15, 2023 at 7:56 PM

  2. Your photo reminded me of a note in the article I linked about Mordhorst’s work in your previous post: he sometimes included holes in the grave coverings or headstones he made, so that flowers could be placed there.


    March 15, 2023 at 6:40 PM

    • I was out all day and haven’t had a chance to read the article. I’m guessing the hole would have been for freshly cut flowers. On the other hand, long before the age of plastic, people still made various kinds of artificial flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 15, 2023 at 8:00 PM

  3. Stunning color. I wouldn’t mind a final resting place like this!

    Eliza Waters

    March 15, 2023 at 6:41 PM

  4. I love the denseness of the flowers, and colors!


    March 16, 2023 at 3:51 PM

  5. That is an interesting contrast, the artificial flowers sticking up among the wildflowers.

    Lavinia Ross

    March 16, 2023 at 4:57 PM

    • I understand that people leave artificial flowers because they last a long time, but they’re just not the same as real flowers, which, like people, are ephemeral.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 5:23 PM

      • Love the contrast between the real and the artificial. I always try to leave flowers or foliage which will last awhile but not forever.


        March 16, 2023 at 7:55 PM

        • The middle way: lasting for a while but not forever.
          Everything finite, whether small or large, is as zero compared to infinity.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 16, 2023 at 10:01 PM

  6. Wow! A fabulous final resting-place – bet it hums with bees. Makes the artificial flowers look like something alien.

    Ann Mackay

    March 16, 2023 at 6:45 PM

    • Yes, all those flowers attract bees and many other kinds of insects whose pollination leads to a repeat of the floral spectacle each spring.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 16, 2023 at 6:54 PM

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