|Growing in furrows in the bark of a large willow tree|
|Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillar - Not an eye but don't tell a bird that.|
In the deep wood mulch around the flower beds we found little fairy gardens of fungi, sending up their little umbrellas in an effort to reproduce by sending out their spores, the seeds of the next generation They are easy to overlook from above but interesting to view
from ground level.
|Paisley, Cole and "Cecilia"|
The most dramatic finding was on the bark of a willow tree on along the walk south of Lake Drummond (see top of page). There were bright red growths in the furrows of a large willow tree on the upland side of the walk. I initially guessed that these might be some sort of fungi but Patrick Byers came up with an even more interesting explanation - adventitious roots!
Walter Reeves refers to this finding as "water roots" which form in times of rainfall and high humidity. They are apparently normal and harmless, disappearing in a few weeks.
The term adventitious in botany refers to structures that develop in an unusual places. Willows can grow from shoots placed in soil. The stems have primordial nodes which develop these adventitial roots, establishing the root system for the willow to grow. This is the basis of using willow cuttings stuck in the ground for riparian planting.