Thursday, April 2, 2009

Daisy Trail Cedar Glade April 2, 2009.

Still getting the hang of how these posts come out, please bear with me!
I bring you some lovely photos of Daisy Trail cedar glade, which is about 3000 from my front door, so you will see me visit here often, I have almost come to think of it as an extension of my own garden, and so have my dogs Stinky and Little Buddy, the rat terriers , they love to swim in the lake which is only 500 feet or so from the edge of this glade(thanks google earth for the measurements!) and frolic in the sunny glades, we try to go every weekend, unless its recently rained in
1. daisy trail glade the summer as this glade houses
poisonous snakes!!!
2. White trout lily

3.they have so much fun here!

4.Stress in the up heaving fold of limestone that creates the limestone glades.

5.Fragrant Sumac, a glade only endemic.

6.Crows Feet, such a lovely blue lavendar.

7.young Frasera rosettes enliven the forest nearby

8. American Colombo, Frasera Caroliniensis

9. HUGE rue anemone!! the large bic lighter for scale, this was the only plant like it
and the double flowers must have been 2 inches across, I love how this species varies so.

10. Nothoscrodum bivalve, actually lilicae, although it resembles allium.

11.false garlic, nothoscrodum bivalve.

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Sun Drenched Islands in the Dark Cedars

You may have encountered a cedar glade before if you enjoy walking through the woods in the Nashville Tennessee area, you would have been walking along through the cedars and would have come to a clearing, upon passing through you may have noticed how hot and dry it was,if in summer,or how wet and spongy the limestone gravel was ,if in winter.You may have had many of my own first thoughts , wondering "is this an old lot? perhaps and old road of some sort long degraded" before you started to notice plants you hadn't ever seen in your life,even though you've lived your entire life in the Nashville area, and if you had been lucky enough to happen across one during spring bloom time you'd notice the rainbow of colors blooming on those never before encountered plants, what an exiting place these glades can be!
In truth that place you thought may have been an old lot is a natural limestone clearing, Sometimes tens of thousands of years old , old enough for the plants there to adapt to their unique micro climate.
It's feasible to think that these places have been visited by animals and humans alike, for thousands upon thousands of years, being a natural clearing where one could camp or simply gaze up at the sky,and the way it seems so much bigger in the glades somehow, you can see the whole milky way sparkling there on a clear summer night, these places truly are a gift of natural beauty and diversity and a testament to the strength of life and its ability to adapt.

Sadly most of this rare ecosystem has been lost forever ,and some endemic plants are either extinct or severely endangered, in the past they have been built on ,dumped in,and covered over with rubble, they are inundated by man made lakes and torn apart by people with atv's and four wheelers who do not realize what they are doing.
There may be less than 10% of what cedar glade
there was before the Nashville basin was settled, and that continues to shrink even today, So lets educate our friends in the world of horticulture about our cedar glades.

Here are some resources for Cedar Glade Research:

Cedar Glade Endemic Plants

Center for Cedar Glade Studies

Cedar Glade Wikipedia