As the father of four children, I have spent many hours in various East York parks that have playground equipment. During this year’s March break, I am going to revisit one each day and make a post of some of the nature that I find there.
Dieppe Park is home to an outdoor skating rink, a hockey rink, a baseball diamond and a soccer field.
There is a good variety of planted trees here. The north end is bordered with Linden trees.
The red new growth and buds of Linden
The south end is bordered with Norway Maples.
Norway Maple keys
Other planted trees include Scots Pine.
The shredded bark of Russian Olive
Austrian Pine needles and last year’s pollen cones
Colorado Spruce cone
Thornless Honey Locusts
Honey Locust seed pods
The corky ridges of Bur Oak
Weedy plants growing near the fences include Tree of Heaven with its “monkey-face” leaf scars;
Manitoba Maple with its white, opposite buds;
Riverbank Grape vine;
White Mulberry with its orange bark;
Last year’s Bittersweet Nightshade berries.