Today as I was admiring the fresh new growth on my Japanese Maple and saw something disturbing. The buds were just breaking open with our warming April weather, unfurling delicious colors that were vibrant with life. It must have been a signal to the Japanese Maple-eating pests, the dinner bell was ringing! There were little black dots all over these new leaves. Black … Continue reading Fresh New Growth—Yum!
Star magnolias are in bloom and I’m spotting them everywhere. Since we’ve moved into our new house in the backwoods of King County, we’ve started exploring the neighborhood. It’s always fun to walk around a new neighborhood and check out the plants. While my kids are staring at the dog in the driveway I can’t take my eyes off of the well-placed alpine fir. Others … Continue reading The Magnolia Walk
Fall color is always striking against a deep blue sky and this Swedish Aspen is a great example. Populus tremulus ‘Erecta’ is a columnar tree, growing 40 feet high and 10 feet wide (12x3m). It thrives in zones 2-8 and grows best in full sun. Continue reading Swedish Aspen
This summer, while wandering through the beautiful VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver, British Columbia, I saw the remarkable bald cypress, complete with knees. I had written a short post on Deciduous Conifers previously, and had always wanted to see this tree, and especially those knees! There are theories swirling all around about the purpose of the knees. Could these projections of the roots act as a support and … Continue reading Bald Cypress—The Theory on Knees