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let's poke around Glacier's End

Hello, friends. It's been awhile since you've had a look around. Here's late winter/early spring in the PacNW. My condolences go out to my friends in the midwest.

a couple panoramas of the NW Mutants collection. I'm pretty fond of Abies procera 'Blaue Hexe' up front. It's one of the better ones I've seen.

Abies lasiocarpa 'DuFlon' (although some who I greatly respect think it's grandis) flanked by an outrageous bouquet of rock garden iris.

I just had to keep one Christmas ornament on Pinus contorta 'Chief Joseph.' The Chief put on a great show this winter.

Picea abies 'Anita's Golden Cloak' offset with a hot pink heath, Erica x darlyensis 'Kraemer's Rote.'

Random dwarf conifers being downplayed by another outrageous clump of rock garden iris. Pinus parviflora 'Tenysu-Kasu' hasn't quite figured out that it's dead.

Picea abies 'Gold Dust' just keeps getting better

Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader' offset nicely with the blue of Juniperus squamata 'Chinese Silver.' Cryptomeria japonica 'Monstrosa' (shaped) is in the foreground.

More Iris reticulata. I show this one because the identity of the spruce is always under contention. I purchased it from Porterhowse Farms long ago as Picea glauca 'Burning Well.' Because it's in a shadier spot it seems to be growing much more open that the typical 'Burning Well.' Some think it's 'Cecilia.' For now, I'm just going to keep showing it.

Sara and Ken think Microbiota decussata determines spring's arrival. This one's only 30% green. Does that make here still 70% winter?

This winter I did a little bed expansion on one of the rock gardens. Here I placed a little jewelry box of really choice miniatures.

The crown jewel of this bed is Thuja plicata 'Haley Bop.' This is simply one of the oddest conifers I've ever seen. I feel priviledged to have it. This cultivar was originally found in a Weyerhauser seed bed around the time of comet Hale-Bopp's fly by. Dick North, the finder, theorized that radiation from the comet caused the mutation. This is a fantastic theory.

In the background is a young Abies balsamea 'Treehaven Dwarf.' Can't wait for this one to grow. It's a stunner.

I hope you enjoyed the show!

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