Friday, January 31, 2014

Three Nutmeg Yews!


We made a few cuttings of three Nutmeg Yews today Torreya californica, Torreya nucifera & the endangered Torreya taxifolia from Florida. In case anyone is wondering all cuttings were collected locally in Oregon & no endangered plants crossed state lines! Torreya are curious relatives of the Yews, there are 6 species world wide, 3 from China, 1 from Japan & Korea, 1 from California & 1 from Florida. For more information on Florida's rare & endangered Torreya taxifolia your can check out the Torreya Guardians website.

Six Which Hazels!


Six Which Hazels that are flowering in the garden at the moment.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Another chilly morning...


I walked around the garden taking some frosty photos last Saturday Morning. Above is Cotoneaster microphyllus 'Thymifolius' and below is Grevillea miqueliana subsp. moroka which with the layer of frost on the leaves is looking more like a Senecio or a Brachyglottis!


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A few Wheel Trees!

We have a few different clones of Trochodendron araliodes around the garden & nursery. Here is a comparison of how some of them look after our recent cold Spell.


T. aralioides DJHT 99031 is a Daniel Hinkley seed collection from Taiwan. The new foliage emerges with a shinny maroon color in the Spring. The seedlings in the center photo we grown from seed collected at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle, they have taken on many different color shades after the winter cold. On the right is whats known as the Iseli Clone. I believe it was originally imported from Japan by Iseli Nursery in the 1980's. The plant has wonderfully clean green foliage even during the winter months. Unfortunately it's proved to be the most difficult clone to propagate!