When we arrived at 8:30 Saturday morning, this is what we saw.
Powerline clearance and tree trimmer apprenticeship training.
That got me started on noticing the trees all throughout the park. On previous visits, I focused only on finding parking, finding the assigned soccer field, and watching my kids’ games.
Saturday night by chance I noticed while reading in the Reynolds and Dimon Trees of Greater Portland, there was mention of the Portland Forestry Division experimental plots at East Delta Park. So I printed out this tree map and information brochure and took it with me when we left for Sunday’s soccer games. You can bet I’ll be paying more attention to the trees I’m parked under from now on.
Too much to take in at one time, and too much to say, but since today is Bloom Day, I’m going to do my best to just match up blooms pictured below with names on the map.
Redbud, Cercis sp. (not included on map, more recently planted than most)
Profusion crabapple, Malus ‘Profusion’ (I think)
Galaxy Magnolia, hybrid of Magnolia liliflora ‘Nigra’ x M. sprengeri ‘Diva’
Sargent crabapple, Malus ‘Sargent’
Kwanzan cherry, Prunus serrulata ‘Kwanzan’
It’s too much, don’t you think? Even the tree itself is burdened by the weight of such heavy blooms.
OK, I promise this is the last pink you’ll see in this post. Centurion crabapple, Malus ‘Centzam.’
Now for something really cool, the flowers on this Globehead European ash, Fraxinus excelsior ‘Globosa.’
Makes a nice silhouette too:
This hedge maple, Acer campestre, was glowing with the yellow hue of flowers against the green foliage.
And a close up of the flowers.
OK, and in case you’re wondering, I did miss out on seeing my son’s soccer goals, but only because of parenting accompany siblings — these photos were all taken during team warm ups.