The markalunas marker

Sweet Peas, the official flower of Aspen and a sign of summer's end, flourish around the Aspen Historical Society’s mailbox on West Bleeker Street Tuesday morning. The Aspen Historical Society’s website notes: “Ramona Markalunas, dubbed the sweet pea of Aspen, used to encourage locals to plant them in their yards and nurture them all summer so that the town would be a burst of colorful flowers.”