It’s common to see horsetail (equisetum) in moist places around Washington. The way it radiates outward from its stem is interesting. But I hadn’t realized that it’s one of those plants purported to have numerous health benefits and has been used to treat various health issues since Greek and Roman times. And unlike most plants that reproduce from seeds, horsetail reproduces via spores. I’ll bet that’s more than you ever thought you’d know about horsetail plants. Click here if you want to learn enough to impress/bore unsuspecting friends and family.
We’ve got a lot of trees in Washington, the Evergreen State. And they grow in the darnedest places.
Today is the second and last day of the Dungeness Bonsai Society annual bonsai fest, its 41st. If you’re local and would like to walk through a miniature forest of trees as art, it’s worth a trip to the Sequim Pioneer Park. The Satsuki Azalea above, over 20 years old, is one of the showiest examples of the art.
Bonsai artists confine trees in small pots and manipulate them through pruning and shaping. The effect, over time, is to create a gorgeous miniature tree.
This Japanese garden juniper is from 20 to 25 years old. Its owner began training its growth habits in 1994. This is a discipline of great patience.
There are more than 50 trees on display today, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park is located at 387 East Washington Street.
Spring happens fast here. First there are buds, barely perceptible. Then a sunny day or two comes along and it seems as if everything turns green and flourishes. I’m spending a lot of time looking up and taking it in these days.
I routinely have to remind myself of the differences between pussy willows, cattails, and catkins. These, I believe, are catkins, “a flowering spike of trees such as willow and hazel. Catkins are typically downy, pendulous, composed of flowers of a single sex, and wind-pollinated.” These little downy bits are on a willow. And there’s another sign of spring: notice the leaves unfurling at the tip of the branch.
You don’t have to look far on the Olympic Peninsula to find today’s theme of “Wet.” The Hoh Rainforest, part of Olympic National Park, is one of the wettest places in the U.S. with an average rainfall of 12-14 feet (3.5 to 4.25 meters). In places, as along this stream, it’s hard to see where the water ends and foliage begins. And if you’re visiting when it’s raining, water is everywhere. It’s impossible to not be wet.
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This tree at St. Luke’s Church looks like it’s about to burst into bloom at any minute.