What a windy day on Queen Anne Hill! With 50's in the forecast no one was prepared for how cold and inhospitable it would be despite the sun breaks and rain mostly holding off. We saw white caps on Elliot Bay on the way in. Happily, two families were able to walk or take public transportation due to the nice central location. In fact that is a terrific aspect of the Green Seattle Partnership's Forest Steward program- there is probably a local stewardship opportunity near everyone in the city as motivated folks can identify projects in their vicinity then become Forest Stewards and host work parties supported by the Partnership. Try looking around where you live!
Speaking of Queen Anne, poison hemlock / Conicum Maculatum resembles Queen Anne's lace / Daucus carrota in the spring, and it seems that some of the former was sprouting up on site. They can be hard to distinguish from other carrot-family species, but I am usually wary of them when I see the purple blotches on the stem bases, especially without flowers to put it in the clear (poison hemlock has an earlier bloom with open branching flower clusters as opposed to QA's lace with a central flower head). Eating it is the greatest danger, but there can be other issues as well so it is good to be familiar.
And if all this talk about Queen Anne has you wondering about the history of the hill's name... Wikipedia states it was derived from the Victorian architectural style typical of the wealthy homes built on it in Seattle's early days. May the hill's natural areas receive as much care and consideration as its architecture.