I’m in the middle of a perfect storm right now. How did I get here and can I rewind? Please?
Can I share?
We’re in the middle of house hunting, it’s the fall planting season, and I just had surgery on my knee.
Yup. When I do something, I try to do it right. But lately the only thing I’ve done right is get myself into a pickle!
The good news is that my “wish-list” from Iseli Nursery has been granted. The trees haven’t arrived yet, but it looks like I’m getting all that I asked for this season! Yay! There is a Santa Claus and her name is Carol!
But, really. I really can’t wait. I put off the delivery because of the knee surgery, (it was minor, no worries) but I can’t stand it anymore (pardon the pun) I need to see them.
Here’s a sneak peak at a some that are coming next week:
Miniature Alpine Fir – Abies lasiocarpa ‘Duflon’ – Looks absolutely darling. It was found here in Washington, near Lake Cushman, on the south side of the Olympic National Park. The parent tree died after it was divided but, thanks to those cracker-jack horticulturalists down at Iseli, the cuttings survived. It grows less than 1.5 inches per year – oh the waiting games they must play! But, quite the story, eh? Who said conifers are boring?
Junperoides False Hinoki Cypress – Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Juniperoides’ – It’s been awhile since I’ve had this little gem. It’s a wee, tight, little bun of lovely green foliage that grows less that one inch per year.
Dwarf Wisteria – Milletia japonica ‘Hime fuji’ – I can’t find out much about this baby yet. I’m getting mixed information from Google, but I’ll keep digging. Just thought I’d tease you a bit. Oh, and so far I can only find it in Australia. You’d better get on my mailing list if you want dibs on this one!
Dwarf-Dwarf Alberta Spruce – Picea glauca ‘Pixie Dust’ – OK, that’s my name for her! It’s really a Pixie Dust Dwarf Alberta Spruce and she’s pictured above. Ain’t she sweet? She’s my all-time most favorite Dwarf Spruce and the name says it all. It is an “almost-miniature” at a growth rate of a little over 1” per year here in the Great Northwest. And you can decorate her for the holidays. (Which is too cute by the way.)
White Bud Mugo Pine – Pinus mugo ‘White Bud’ – This is my favorite Mugo Pine. It always has a good, thick trunk on it and makes the perfect miniature garden tree. Put a 1.5 inch scale bench next to it and it looks like a majestic tree in miniature. This conifer makes great bonsai subject, too.
These are just a handful of the great miniature and dwarf trees that are coming next week. Sign up for my mailing list through my Web site if you want to be on the first dibs list.
Steve made the miniature garden shown above.