For the Love of Conifers: The Winter’s Blush
When I first started this miniature garden business almost ten years ago, it wasn’t cold enough in Seattle to get any winter blush on the miniature and dwarf conifers. So it wasn’t until couple of years later, when I had to order my trees early to get them ready for February’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show that I actually saw them in their winter glory.
The trees came from my grower-of-superb-conifers down in Oregon where it was colder than Seattle that winter. When they arrived in late January, I opened the boxes and immediately called my representative to ask what I ordered. I had no idea that they turned color in the cold because it never got that cold in Seattle and I had only started to collect and grow them after moving here from Toronto.
So here are a few pictures of some of the trees in my miniature nursery this year. After three freezes and a bit of snow here in the Emerald City of Seattle, there is that distinct winter blush on some of them. Not only are they hardy, slow-growing and evergreen, but they can add winter interest to your garden or pots too. When the weather warms up in the spring, they will change back to their summer colors.
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