Monthly Archives: January 2014

New years visit to Forestfarm

My brother and his family live in Grants Pass in Southern Oregon.   I’m envious of their area madrone trees, Arbutus menziesii, so common that my brother cuts it up for firewood!   I know they are available from nurseries in Portland, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday 1/29/2014

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My front yard, no longer home to the largest organism on earth

I said goodbye on a foggy morning last week to a quaking aspen, Populus tremuloides, I planted in my front yard more than 15 years ago.  In that time it has not taken over the world.  But I watched root … Continue reading

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Purple Plumes – January 2014 Foliage Follow-up

A few weeks ago, I was taking a walk in SE Portland and passed this tree at SE 22nd and Ash. Japanese plume-cedar, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans,’ is green most of the year, and then turns bronzy purple or red-brown in … Continue reading

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Bloom Day January 2014

Witchhazel, genus Hamamelis, isn’t uncommon by any means, but the placement of this one at the street entryway makes a stunning appearance to passers by during the bleak months of bare branches. This small tree is on NW Flanders between … Continue reading

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