Another month and another walk full of surprises at the Washington Park Arboretum. The leaves are so lush right now I wanted to wrap myself up in their soft green blanket. The highlight of this trip was stumbling into the grove of tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) so tall and tree-ish. Hidden among their branches were the almost camouflaged flowers in muted colors of yellow and green. Standing upright like a tulip, once you noticed them they were everywhere! So high above my head, most of the blossoms were up near the top. Another amazing plant was the bladder nut tree. As I wandered down the path I noticed these air filled sacks hanging from the tree. When I walked over the fallen ones they popped! After doing a bit of research I found that these trees grow near rivers and when the air filled seed pods fall into the water they float away, dispersing the seeds far and wide. What a great adaptation, little tiny seed boats!