Thursday, November 12, 2009
Acer ceriferum, Acer palmatum 'Trompenberg', Acer davidii (from Shennongia Forest District), Cornus controversa variegata
The top picture is Acer ceriferum, an obscure Chines Maple that I've had no prior experience with; nice orange foliage. Trompenberg is an old standby in the trade....go figure. We have a number of different Acer davidii; this one has an especially nice display of fall color that is significantly later than most of the others (many of whom are mostly defoliated now). Cornus controversa 'Variegata' is a tree that is beloved around the world in zones 6-7-8. In the fall a pink overlay infused the creamy variegation of the leaves.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Cyclamen coum 'Something Magic' This one cames from Terra Nova, allegedly the first tissue cultured Coum
For us, C. coum flowers in the spring, or at least late in the winter. The other hardy Cyclamen commonly grown in the Washington area is Cyclamen hederifolium. Both leaf out this time of year, but hederifolium begins flowering as it leafs out; we have dozens of flowers on various plants now.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Apparently there was some sort of contest, rally, game? a few weeks back with clues, riddles, etc, the obect of which was to end up on the top of Hickey Hill. I remember seeing one group of people being photographed and heard some nebulous rumors. Well today Alice found a waterproof box that contained a pad and pencil to be used by the successful to record their presence. It seems only only four groups made it. Apparently it is traditional to leave a small gift/prize for whomever arrives after you. We found a Teddy Bear stamp??!! After examining the contents of the box we replaced it though I don't expect there will be any more finishers.
We found a number of colonies, including hundreds of individual plants, of Chimzphila maculata, Pipsissewa, a lovely little evergreen native in the Pyrolaceae (subsumed in current taxonomy, into the Ericacee). They are charming little plants, and I agree with Michael that they would be excellent subects for Young to include in her Kusamono.
Posted by ChrisU at 5:54 PM
Monday, November 9, 2009
Stachyurus praecox var. Matsuzakii....I love this plant, I just can't take a picture of it that shows what I want to show!
This particular plant (which lives across from the Asian Parking Lot) has good fall color s a bonus.
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This plant is growing beside the Anacostia River.I posted it last winter but had to fight my way through vines to get to the plant. We had a cleanup project this summer and three people sweated and bled for several hours to free this plant; Amanda, and I think Jeanette, but I don't remember the third person. I'm sorry I forgot, but grateful they did the dirty work. We (read mostly Nathan) have been staying on top of the area with a bit of weeding, a bit of spraying, and a bit of mowing. At least for the short term things look good.
Posted by ChrisU at 2:21 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I worked in the Bonsai/Penjing Museum again this weekend and for the first time felt as though I had some grasp of which plants needed water and which didn't. Heretofore I haven't really felt that any of them were dry (actually, they weren't) but this time some definitely were. I like to water plants that are ready for water; conversely I am made very uncomfortable when I'm assigned to water a large number of plants and none of them need water. Curiously many of the dry plants were pines; the last few times I watered I don't think I watered any of the pines. Sometimes I find it helpful to think of water as a chemical, toxic to plants, that they nonetheless require in certain quantities. But I'm a bit odd.
I was the weekend waterer in the Greenhouse complex (and the Herb Garden), but didn't have a lot to do there. Tony watered yesterday and he is meticulous, scrupulous, and thorough.
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