Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Three Maples

It hasn't been a great year for Fall Color in the Plantmad Garden this year. Our 100 day dry spell & my reluctance to give the garden more than survival water rations stressed a lot of the plants to the point that the leaves just dropped off when the colder weather came!

Three maples representing 3 different species were looking good though on this rainy wet weekend though.

A. pseudosieboldianum ssp. takesimense looked particularly good, native to the Korean Island of Ulleung-Do in the Sea of Japan. Ours is seed grown but the plant is often grafted on Acer palmatum.

This is an older cultivar selection of the Full Moon Maple but always looks good in our garden. 

About 25 years ago Talon Buchholz gave me a grafted liner of 'Kamagata', I still have that plant it's now a perfect miniature Japanese Maple that's about 12' tall. It always puts on a good show of red Fall Color.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Bitter Orange Anyone!

For the first time we have fruit on our Chinese Bitter Orange, Poncirus trifoliata, but it's only about 1" across :^)..

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Pontine Oak

Quercus pontica

This is one of 2 Quercus pontica growing at the Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle. It's become one of our favorite small Oaks & we would love to be able to grow it but we have never seen acorns available for sale. I do have a couple of plants in the Plantmad garden that are grafted onto Q. robur but we have yet to see how they will do as grafted plants.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Wollemi Pine

I was up at the Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle yesterday. They have 4 Wollemia nobilis that they planted in the garden 4 years ago. The first Winter was a tough one by Pacific North West Standards & there of the plants were quite badly damaged by the cold, 2 lost they growing tips.

Since then though the trees have been doing mush better, last year one started producing male cones & this year that same tree has also produce it's first if rather small looking female cone.

Wollemia nobilis                                                             Male Cone

Acer saccharum 'Monumentale'

For the first time we have Acer saccharum 'Monumentale' liners for sale!