Monday, April 11, 2011
Miscellaneous - 4-11-11
Trillium Blooming In Preserve. One of first flowers to bloom in the forest are Trilliums. We took the following picture on Sunday to show just how beautiful these flowers are. A couple of interesting facts from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillium are:
Picking a trillium seriously injures the plant by preventing the leaf-like bracts from producing food for the next year. A plant takes many years to recover. For this reason in Michigan and Minnesota it is illegal to pick and/or transplant trilliums from public lands without a permit from the State.
Trillium is one of many plants whose seeds are spread by ants. At maturity, the base and core of the trillium ovary turns soft and spongy. Trillium seeds have a fleshy organ called an elaiosome that attracts ants. The ants extract the seeds from the decaying ovary and take them to their nest, where they eat the elaiosomes and put the seeds in their garbage, where they germinate in a rich growing medium.
North Perry Water Response. We received the following response from North Perry Water's General Manager, George Smalley, regarding our inquiry whether the community could help or show support for a possible relocation of the Riddell well:
Piebald Deer Movement? We were asked whether the piebald deer seen south of Illahee State Park, is the same one that was observed north of Illahee. And so we have included the attached info on the north Illahee piebald deer so those around the State Park can tell us if it is the same one.
Possible Next Step re Timbers Edge? We heard that the finalization of the Golf Course gifting is what the Illahee Community Club has been waiting for as they will now be contacting the two Land Trusts that expressed interest some time ago about the possibility of purchasing the Timbers Edge properties. The golf course is evidently a major part of the bigger plan for expanding the Illahee Preserve and now they feel that they are in a better position for a land trust to want to come in to help.
Illahee Garden Tour This Summer? We were notified that a core group of Illahee gardeners are pursuing whether there is enough interest to have a garden tour in Illahee this summer. If you would like to be part of this group or have some suggestions for possible gardens that could be toured, please let us know and we will pass the information on.