Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Working hard

Gotta keep the little guys outta trouble. This doubles my work.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Another golden seedling

This one is Pinus strobus. The other is dead.

Taylor's Sunburst-ing

Probably at it's peak for the season.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pinus parviflora 'Dr. Landis'

A Japanese white pine cultivar with yellow new growth. This is a graft I made with scion from a friend's plant early in 2009

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Acer longipes 'Gold Coin'

A new maple for me this spring. Another plant from sent from Canada. This one arrived looking pretty sad. Dry and dropping leaves. A cool late spring may have eased it's transition to Iowa because it is pushing out new growth now.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Pinus pumila 'Blue Note'

A very slow growing pine. Maybe an inch each year.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Shirasawanum 'Aureum' before the ravages of summer. Red in the veins and on the margins. Perfect!

Monday, May 17, 2010

3 Korean Gems

A, B and C

2 boys and 1 maple

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Worth revisiting

Kasagi Yama in the rain. Worth a second look.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Sometimes the boys get a little crazy with the toys. Superman met his kryptonite here tonight.

See I can take a non plant photo.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More cones

A cluster of cones on Japanese white pine (Pinus parviflora) at the Iowa Arboretum. Summer 2009.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Korean fir cone

Korean fir coning in the spring. Hand pollinated this year, so maybe some interesting seedlings in the future.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

A few new grafts

I got these small conifers from Whistling Gardens in Canada. My 1st imports! They arrived yesterday.

Pinus strobus 'Horsham' X 'Contorta'

Pinus parviflora 'Linda'

Abies lasiocarpa 'Prickly Pete'

Friday, May 07, 2010

Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Minaret'

Another bald cypress cultivar. This from early spring 2010. Check back in the summer to see the rest of the show.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Abies koreana 'Kohout's Icebreaker'

Witches broom from cultivar named 'Hortsmann's Silberlocke' with beautiful, recurved needles. This one should be a very nice silver-green pillow in 3 or 4 years.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Picea pungens 'Hoopsii'

Hoops blue spruce. One of the finest for color.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Acer palmatum 'Tsukushi gata'

A great, dark, purple-red. This one is tucked in under my burning bushes and has been in the ground for 4 or 5 years. It suffered from rabbit damage a couple of winters, but has done well with protection the past two years.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Shirasawanum comparison

Acer shirasawanum doesn't have nearly as many cultivars as Acer palmatum. However it is a bit more cold hardy. Here is a photo of the leaves of a number of my shirasawanums.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Acer palmatum 'Katsura'

Another maple with stunning spring foliage. Yellow and orange and a hint of red. Mine nearly died and is in recovery mode. Will take a few more years to get the form decent again. This is a close up from this spring.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shirasawanum 'Moonrise'

One of the few patented asian maples. The thrill is the red leaves in the spring.

The first 3 or 4 pairs of leaves emerged yellow-green, and then the characteristic red came in.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Seems like I only make progress on expanding the landscaping a few square feet at a time. A bit of free mulch helped to clean up this corner, but I can still see plenty of weeds. Woody plants are Picea orientalis 'Daureus' and Acer palmatum dissectum 'Otto'.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Baby Taylor

A graft of Taylor's Sunburst from winter 2010. A great plant for spring impact.

contorta 'Taylor's Sunburst' scion graft

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Acer platanoides mutant

acer platanoides (rezek strain)

A compressed, curly leaf form. Grown from seed.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dawn Redwood 'Gold Rush'

Dawn Redwood Ogon Gold Rush

Spring 2010

Bleeding hearts


A short lived display each year

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Picea abies 'Chillin Phil'

This is one of the first of the conifer grafts that I was successful with. Grafted early 2008. Photo from April, 2010. Scion wood was collected from a witches broom in Warsaw, IL.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hosta 'Remember Me'

A hosta that I have had for 3 years now. Looking great this spring.

Hosta 'Remember Me'

Baker Street Broom

Graft of Japanese black pine (Pinus thunbergii) witches broom collected in Albuquerque.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pinus contorta 'Taylor's Sunburst'


The spring yellow form of the lodgepole pine.

Taxodium distichum 'Pevé Yellow'

Taxodium distichum 'Peve Yellow'

A yellow form of the bald cypress. Early spring is the most intense color.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Spring foliage

Japanese maples come in a remarkable variety. A few from this spring

Acer japonicum 'Dissectum'
Japonicum 'Dissectum'

Acer palmatum 'Beni schishihenge'
Beni schishihenge

Acer palmatum 'Karasu gawa'
Karasu gawa

Friday, April 16, 2010

Acer palmatum 'Kasagi yama'

A reticulated form of Japanese maple. To my mind it is the perfect red when it leafs out in the spring.

Acer palmatum 'Kasagi yama'

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Komachi Hime


I purchased the bulk of my maples last year in the fall. This spring is my first opportunity to see them leaf out. Some have really caught my attention, others are a lot less interesting.

Komachi Hime is a dwarf cultivar that has been outstanding this year.

Friday, April 02, 2010

The golden child

I always have my eyes out for an unusual plants. Today at the park near my office I found one. Last fall I planted some Acer palmatum seed that my dad collected in Albuquerque. The park has a play area with 18+ inches of wood chip mulch. The perfect seed bed in my opinion. I sow on the edges where there is little traffic.

Today among the little seedlings was a single yellow leafed form. My golden child. Of course he got plucked out and transplanted at home.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Japonicum in the fall

Acer japonicum 'Dissectum' fall 09

Acer Japonicum is one of the species of maple that grows in Japan. There are a number of cultivars, and many are known for fantastic fall colors. This is the cultivar 'Dissectum' from fall 2009

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Maples by me

A couple of grafted maples. The first is shirasawanum 'Microphyllum'. Chip bud in summer of 08 picture Feb 10

palmatum 'Villa Taranto' grafted summer 09 picture Feb 10