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.