Monday, April 12, 2010

Washington Hospitality

If you like Conifers that suffer from a lack of size and overabundance of character, make an appointment to visit Bob and Dianne of Coenosium Gardens.

You will be impressed by their collections (for sale and private), then you will round a bend and find yet another enormous heard of tiny trees dotted across a forest hillside. And again.

Then there are the full-sized cultivar collections... A person can get lost in the big ones, but at least it will be in a place full of varied colours, shapes, sizes, and textures of tree...


Cedrus deodara 'Feeling Blue,' above, both comments on the boringness of cone-shaped conifers and solves the problem itself.

I personally find myself attracted to this puddle of a plant- Weeping Hemlock
Tsuga heterophylla 'Thorson's Weeping'

Case in point, the steward of any postage-stamp or rockery or large pot-on-patio-you-refer-to-as-your-garden-and-rightly-so should award it with solid evergreen interest.

Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca' at Wells Medina:
Better known to locals and far nearer to the heart of Seattle, is, for discerning and serious gardeners, the classy Wells Medina. It's a nursery, I write, since that's not in the name.
Every gardener and his dog (you think I'm joking, but it was a five-to-one ratio when I was there, in favour of the humans, but that is still more dogs than your average nursery.) come to peruse their gallery of colourful plants under the diffused Seattle sun:

And after an exhausting day of looking at plants (quiet please) I make my daily cafe pilgrimage to write this blog. Better yet, I fall into lectural discourse with the cafe's window washer, a brilliant lovely warm oven of a man who has a lot to share about history, morality, spirituality, the nature of wisdom, and what constitutes a burrito by definition.
Thanks David.

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