1 The seedlings from Musser Forest - American hornbeam, black locust, silver maple, sugar maple, red mulberry, Osage orange, American common persimmon, American sycamore, and black walnut
2 Upon arrival, the seedlings were placed in water to prevent desiccation, or drying out.
3 Seedlings should be planted as soon as possible, but can stay in water for a day or two.
4 The Musser Forests catalog and their planting guide
5 These are very good and sound planting instructions.
6 Musser Forests also provided their own special fertilizer pellets - one for each tree.
7 Persimmon Diospyros virginiana, or American persimmon, produces a wonderful edible fruit.
8 The Osage orange produces a large, warty, inedible fruit that has a distinctive orange aroma.
9 The bark of the Osage orange is very spiny.
10 And the dense wood is a bright orange-yellow and is prized for tool handles and fence posts.
11 The American sycamore is a great native tree that grows quickly and provides soil stabilization along stream beds.
12 Out in the woods, Shaun's eye was drawn to these native type of Anemone canadensis. These blooms are ephemeral, lasting only a few days.
13 Another woodland view
14 A native Jack-in-the-Pulpit
15 And a variation of that plant
16 Viola odorata
17 These native violets are very pretty in the landscape.
18 This silver maple had just been planted in the wetland, or riparian area. Notice all the skunk cabbage.
19 You can see that the roots of these saplings are quite well-formed and digging a good, deep hole is necessary.
20 In this riparian area, Shaun and his crew planted water tolerant red maple, silver maple, and sycamore, as they don't mind getting their 'feet' wet.
21 This planting looks like the brochure's instructions.
22 One down!
23 Many more to go!
24 Pete is using the proper tool - a long and narrow tree-planting shovel.
25 A special fertilizer pellet
26 Gets dropped into the bottom of each hole.
27 And another tree planted
28 In the upper woodland dry area, a mixture of American hornbeam, sugar maple, and American persimmon, were planted. These trees would never survive in the wetland.
29 The saplings were planted at the correct time - early spring when buds were emerging on the trees.
30 Shaun also found this unusual tree formation.
31 Judging from the tree bark, he determined that this is a white ash growing over a yellow birch.
32 Another view of this anomaly
33 Shaun also found a millipede. Due to their lack of speed and their inability to bite or sting, millipedes' primary defense mechanism is to curl into a tight coil.
34 Another coiled object - the unfurling fronds of a Christmas fern
35 Christmas ferns are one of the few ferns that will stay green all winter long.
36 This is false hellebore, an attractive plant, but a highly toxic one.
37 A great shot of the meadow and budding trees
38 Another spring ephemeral perennial - a purple trillium
39 One should never pick a trillium because it seriously injures the plant by preventing the leaf-like bracts from producing food for the next year. A plant takes many years to recover.
40 Another woodland plant - Cardamine diphylla, or crinkleroot toothwort
41 And another - a delicate trout lily
42 You may recall a recent blog when I showed Chhiring and the guys planting other saplings along the stream beds.
43 Those saplings were provided by the Arbor Day Foundation.
44 They were planted a couple of weeks ago and are doing fine.