Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Radnor Lake… Turtles, Owls, and Deer….oh my!
Our first full day in Nashville dawned sunny, with a beautiful blue sky. After a hearty breakfast we set out to walk the circle around Radnor Lake State Natural Area. One of the first distinctive things we saw was a Sassafras Tree, distinctive because it had several different shaped leaves, growing on the same tree at the same time. We didn’t know what it was while we were looking at it but before leaving we stopped in the visitor’s center and they identified it. According to their book the leaves are 4-6” long and 2- or 3-lobed or unlobed. Based on a little knowledge picked up during our trip to the UBC Botanical Garden we called this “vine” growing around and across several trees a liana (a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing if you start thinking you might know what you’re talking about). Time for our first “wildlife” sighting! There were several turtles sunning themselves around the lake. Lacking a great zoom on my camera I was only able to capture this pair (there is another pair in the lower left hand corner of the first picture but they are hard to see). So what do you suppose is going on here? Something (another liana?) has grown around this tree trunk and it looks like it is starting to become one. We saw this is several different places but this was the best shot I could get of it. I’d never seen Mistletoe growing in trees before this! We passed another person on the trail who pointed out this owl; otherwise I doubt we would have noticed him. I thought this was an interesting plant shape (in front of the stump). We actually spotted several deer; this was the best shot I managed to get (yikes...bad word to use! This was the best photo I managed to get!) Evidence of more wildlife spotted on this tree trunk. Bush Honeysuckle, beautiful but on their list of the top four invasive plants around the lake. Lunch that day was my first opportunity to see propagation by air-layering. This Lemon Leaf Tree was growing outside of a Thai Restaurant. As I understand it air layering is the process of using a branch or section of a tree to create another tree. The branch is girdled, then protected with peat moss or other growing media and then the entire girdled section wrapped with a covering (in this case a plastic bag) and allowed to root. After rooting the branch is removed from the tree and planted. I just might have to give this method a try…have any of you ever successfully propagated by air-layering?
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