Spring comes to the Alewife

I have been wondering about all the plantings made last year along the Alewife Greenway.

The oaks are budding

The oaks are budding

It’s a big transition to be dug up and stuck in the ground and then left untended for the winter. Some of the shrubs looked nearly dead to begin with.

I took these photos yesterday on the small path segment that is right near my house on Cottage Ave. in East Arlington.

The landscape architects deliberately chose only North American plants for the Alewife Greenway. For trees, we got about 6 oaks on our little path segment.

These are less demonstrative than the maples planted in other locations, but as you can see the oaks are budding.

Knotweed spring eternal

Knotweed springs eternal. That’s the brook in the background.

There was alas no chance that the Japanese Knotweed would fail to survive the winter.

Not a native species but an virulent invasive import (and not planted by Greenway landscapers), this fast-growing plant is a scourge.

Path abutters take note: The knotweed is starting to establish itself on the west side of the path. Your yards are next.

The young sprouts are said to be tender and good to eat. If so, dinner is served.

This Juneberry bush is growing north of Cottage Ave., between the path entrance there and the ramp that slopes up toward the Henderson Street bridge.

Juneberries look like blueberries but are more related to stone fruit.

Juneberries (budding, foreground) look like blueberries but are more related to stone fruit.

I think it is the only fruit tree to be planted as part of the Greenway project. My neighborhood used to be a pear orchard, by the way.

I don't know what these shrubs are, but they are doing well.

I don’t know what these shrubs are, but they are doing well.

There is a lot more to see along the path. Your photos gratefully accepted.

Click on any of these for a larger view.

Yes, this is a blog about Mass. Ave., but let’s not stand on ceremony. It’s spring!

My series of posts about the Alewife Greenway begins in July of 2010. My previous Alewife report examined the state of the path on December 30.

Update: the next Alewife post comes more than a year later.


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