Posted by: bwoof | June 20, 2010

Paperbark Maples and other RBG specials

Happy Father’s Day! Our day included a trip to the RBG where we took in the Rose Garden and a host of other flowery and flourishing things that make life beautiful.

While hiking in the ravine, a Carolinian forest to be more accurate and one that overwhelmingly reminds me of my childhood romping place, Rattlesnake Point, we found a grove of trees that we’d never seen before. They look like a cross between the spots on sycamore bark, the wispy peeling bark from birch trees, and the aspeny or yellow birch colours on the trunk. The leaves appear to be like small oak leaves which grow in clusters of three.

But….it wasn’t until we saw the latin aboreteum name tags that we realized they were Paperbark Maples! This is truly a new learning for me…had never heard of them or seen them before, but that’s possibly because they are from China and have come to Canada only recently in an attempt to preserve the gene pool. It’s like finding a treasure in a place you’ve known all along, especially when all the other things are familiar — walnut, oak, beech, cherry, spruce, pine, larch, and cedars, for example.

Grateful for:

  • a wonderful dad!
  • a wonderful husband who is a wonderful dad
  • a new dad whom I know who got to take his little baby home…finally!
  • the peregrine falcon watch volunteers who are truly interesting people, even at 5 a.m.

Curious about:

  • can we find a co-op placement for a very hard to serve student…really hard to serve, and someone I’m worried about

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