Hay ! That’s a Lot of Ferns.

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A carpet of hay-scented fern at the junction of Trillium and Upper Giorgetti trails in Pine Hill Park.

You may notice a distinct aroma of hay when you travel through certain sections of the park.  That’s Hay Scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula) you’re smelling.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 12.13.07 PMThis patch is where Upper Giorgetti and Trillium intersect (Jct. 6), but my favorite spot is where Strong Angel travels under the powerline.  I love to cruise downhill through that stretch in the early morning—it feels like descending on a cloud of green fluff!

 

Here’s a link to a good guide to start you on identifying other ferns in the park if you’re interested.

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