Discovery Park

Discovery Park Sunny Winter Work Round-Up.

Hummingbirds noisily danced & dipped, kids planted, adults shoveled and the coats came off- yet another unseasonably warm and sunny Squad for the 2015 winter-that-wasn't.  A variety of jobs were tackled at our second event at the Discovery Park restoration site stewarded by Matt Chadsey, supported by both the park and the Green Seattle Partnership.  One crew tackled the thorn battle(!) digging out blackberry from native Nutka roses, while others flagged older natives, planted new ones and mulched them.  All amongst horsing-around of course.  We will come back in the summer to go swimming afterwards!

Chamerion angustifolium   / fireweed or rose willow herb

Chamerion angustifolium / fireweed or rose willow herb

Falling down a rabbit hole at Discovery Park.

Many a homeschooler are lovers of literature.  So, you can imagine the delight at having an opportunity to fall down actual rabbit holes at Discovery Park.  

And frankly, who doesn't love a good hole in the ground?  Filling them in was a first for Squad and quite popular, as was watering.  Matt, our forest steward from the Green Seattle Partnership hauled his own personal hoses in a backpack so we could hook up >50' away to water the native plantings.  Other work included digging out blackberry and mulching.   There is much to see in this 500+ acre historic park, we are looking forward to coming back.

UPDATE: Matt discussed the holes further with Park staff who think they may evidence of mountain beaver activity rather than rabbits.  Perhaps this is the beginning of a new piece of literature....

Mats of native trailing blackberry /  Rubus ursinus .

Mats of native trailing blackberry / Rubus ursinus.

Lovely Puget Sound.  Not so lovely Himalayan blackberry /  Rubus armeniacus .

Lovely Puget Sound.  Not so lovely Himalayan blackberry / Rubus armeniacus.