Glacier's End, 4/15/13

Hello friends,

I did a road trip through the environs of Portland, Oregon last weekend to attend a planning meeting of this year's American Conifer Society regional get together. Along the way, I couldn't resist visiting a couple of my favorite nurseries{{gwi:807}} in search of new treasures for the garden. Enjoy!

First stop was Jim Boyko's nursery{{gwi:807}} in Boring. Jim does some amazing things with grafting standards. Here he's used Pinus banksiana 'Uncle Fogy' as understock for Pinus uncinata 'Paradekissen.' He wasn't positive that it would work long term, but I'm willing to try anything. At the base is Cedrus deodara 'Feelin Blue' which will provide a nice understory here.

a closeup of one of two grafted scions.

Another one of Boyko's creations. This one is a double-graft of Pinus mugo 'Butternut,' a witch's broom Jim found at the nursery. I like the combination of the pine's gold with the Euphorbia's chartreuse.

Last from this stop is Pinus thunbergii 'Emery's Dwarf.' A nice tight pine with the characteristic white candles.

The next stop in the journey was European Nursery, owned and operated by Jan Redyk. I'd never been there before and I was more than impressed with all of the unusual cultivars, many that are very new to this country.

Here is Larix decidua 'Krejci,' the king of strange clumpy larches and a recent arrival from Czech Republic. I can't wait for this and another in a different part of the garden to develop.

Pinus banksiana 'Wisconsin,' very tight and very choice. This is one of Al Fordham's many banksiana cultivars out there.

Lastly, a couple of shots of the more mature areas. Here's a panorama of my sand bed with some alpines just rocking it. The conifers are Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' (front) and Pinus sylvestris 'Jeremy' toward the back. Concolors in sand is my big experiment. My goal is to get them to live -- something that is not the easiest thing to do in the Northwest.

Here is Picea orientalis 'Skylands' with friends. For those of you struggling with this one, all I can say is be patient. This tree was stunted and ugly from burning for its first 4-5 years of life. Now it's looking magificent.

I'll take our slow endless spring anytime. I'm happy to live in some of the best conifer growing climate that there is anywhere.


This post was edited by Glaciers-End on Fri, Apr 19, 13 at 8:00

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