id your tree

Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest‘ Monterey Cypress Soft and bright, the beautiful gold foliage will persist all year round making the Cypress a favorite in the garden. I use juvenile specimens in planters, transplanting them into the landscape as they mature. With an annual growth of 8 to 10 inches – mature specimens reach 7 to 8 feetContinue reading “id your tree”

id your tree

Pinus contorta  ‘Chief Joseph” I seem to be on a Brilliant Gold kick! But can you blame me? This time of year we have few opportunities to enjoy the warm sunny color of summer with the exception of gold conifers like the Chief Joseph Lodgepole Pines. Its new growth in the spring and summer is limeContinue reading “id your tree”

id your tree

Pinus strobus ‘Louie’ Eastern White Pine ‘Louie’ is a species native to North America, and its soft, fine, golden foliage makes it one of the most attractive conifers for ornamental landscapes. The long thin needles remain gold year round – intensifying in color during the winter cold. Also referred to as Golden White Pine ‘Louie’,Continue reading “id your tree”

master the garden: microclimate management

I have lived in 7 different planting zones and not one has been a perfect match for growing what I wanted. I had to get creative. What I learned was some plants will struggle to survive or fail to thrive without a little intervention on my part and just a few subtle manipulations in adjustingContinue reading “master the garden: microclimate management”

more than just a pretty leaf

the science of fall color The Sun has passed the celestial equator heading southward and in most of the world temperatures are dropping – Autumn Equinox for the Northern Hemisphere. The Autumnal and Spring equinoxes mark the point in the calendar at which the length of night and the length of day are almost exactlyContinue reading “more than just a pretty leaf”

making the cut

science based pruning: part 1 – healthy start In the forest no one prunes the plants and trees – so why all the fuss about pruning? I think my library has six ‘How To’ books on pruning, several illustrated guides and one volume, so weighty, that it is used for a door stop in myContinue reading “making the cut”

latin for the accidental gardener

Not often do gardeners have the opportunity to bring something back to life. Latin is now considered a dead language, meaning it’s still used in specific contexts, but does not have any native speakers. Before diving farther into the ‘A’s’ of botanical Latin – I would like to pause and take a look at some common Latin prefixes andContinue reading “latin for the accidental gardener”

my summer love – the hydrangea

Like puffs of cotton candy, the summer hydrangea – sweet and nostalgic in summer and evoking saudade as it fades in the fall, a feeling of pleasure and also slight sadness with the passing of the season – I will always anticipate the return of my summer love…. hydrangea Recently, a visitor to the NewhalemContinue reading “my summer love – the hydrangea”

Biochar: cutting-edge technique with ancient roots

Dating back thousands of years to a civilization in the Amazon Basin, soil scientists have analyzed regions of dark rich soil found within historically inhabited areas and found high concentrations of charcoal and organic matter.