Salal lines the trails in the Nature Park, it is ubiquitous, so much so, that much of the time it probably isn't noticed. But it's an important cover plant for many of the small creatures that live on or near the forest floor. The big, roundish leaves don't fall in the autumn, they are quite tough in order to conserve moisture, and can survive winters in the bog.
This year, there is a tremendous amount of emerald green new growth on the Salal, and right now, they are in full bloom, their white bells, almost resembling Lily-of-the-Valley, are sticky with nectar and the forest is fragrant, perhaps from the last of the blueberry flowers, perhaps from the Salal.
Later, the successful flowers will give way to hairy, indigo blue berries with deep red juice. These are edible, though in my own opinion, not that delicious.
The Bobbins are doing well. They each have a little tuft of feathers on either side of their head. We wondered whether some passing Rockhopper penguin had secretly sired them, this spring has seemed so cold, we wouldn't be surprised to see a penguin or two waddling down the boardwalk.
Posted by Janis.