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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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Winter gold

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Winter gold

There are many peccadilloes that annoy sensitive horticulturists: seeing street trees butchered because of bad placement or powerlines, for instance. For me, it's seeing grasses in shopping centers chopped back to crewcuts by the acre in early fall. One of the great visual pleasures of winter is golden backlighting on clumps of bunchgrass in  late afternoon.

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