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Free Trees! (but not these cottonwoods...)

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Free Trees! (but not these cottonwoods...)

Leaf of "Mature" form of Populus diversifolia This "different leaved" cottonwood (the literal translation of the Latin: diversifolia--meaning it has two different kinds of leaves) is rare to the point of endangerment. It is found sparingly throughout much of Central Asia from Mongolia (where it has been featured on a stamp complete with Latin name!), Xinjiang and westward where it morphs into (and has been lumped with) Populus...

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Manzanita heaven: January in Portland

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Manzanita heaven: January in Portland

Now to get down to brass tacks: the bright green manzanita on the left grows in Western Colorado, although not as tall as it does here in Oregon. On the right was the Grail: A. columbiana,  a much bluer, hairier endemic of Oregon which I've wanted to find for decades really. And here they were together! Sean Hogan, of Cistus Design Nursery I finish with a picture of my host, Sean Hogan. I've...

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Brrrrrrrrrr! It's COLD out there!

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Brrrrrrrrrr! It's COLD out there!

September was perfect seed season on this pass, but there were a wealth of little gems still blooming: the white daisy above was especially winsome (notice the dense tuft of silvery leaves!) and the miniature campanula below were two of the tinier gems that would make awesome additions to an alpine trough or a crevice garden, don't you think? And when you consider the vast diversity of the world's high mountains:...

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