New Plant Exploration with
Kenton J. Seth, Colorado, USA
I love the new colors. Is it a turnip or a beet? And are those "just" gambellii? Inquiring minds want to know!
Hi PK;Captions just for you, sir:-Echinocereus dasycanthus/pectinatus/whatever you like to call Texas Rainbow Cactus-Berlandiera lyranta (Chocolate Daisy) and some kinda "grape" tomato.-Chioggia beets-Acer griseum at Lisa Bourey's stunningly artistic garden in Durango-Quercus (virginiana ssp.) fusiformis. Texas liveoak. One individual at the botanic here has those lovely striped acorns. I can't die until there is a grove of its offspring somewhere around here. Did the Q. fusiformis transplanted at DBG make it from Wildflower Treasures?
Appreciate the captions! Are all your other followers just lurkers? I have a buddy on my blog who's the only one who seems to want to talk: you should have come over the hill to hear Michael Uhler, of Tilden Park, by the way--he was fantastic (and you could have ridden with Mary and Joe Mastin)...Oh yes, the oaks. Every one of them died--but we still have some others from a different source in Watersmart. Speaking of which, the two tall columnar cypress at the back of watersmart are in fact Cypressus montana (subsumed by some into arizonica--I don't buy it). Turns out, there are only 250 of them left near the summit of San Pedro Martir! It's globally frickin' imperiled (next stage--'presumed extinct'). And they're definitely darker blue greeen and tightly fastigiate and setting cones...just so's you knows,Small compensation for losing the oaks--at least one of which might have been saved if there were a truly benign deity....Love those beets--where'd you get em? Have a fabulous time in Canada: I've spoken to those groups and you'll love 'em and vice versa! Take care.
I think the Chioggia beet seeds came from Pinetree seed in Maine. Sad to hear about the oaks. Glad to hear of the Cupressus montana (Going into this "Hesperocyparis" genus, I bet)". I've got one ("matthewsii) at the radio station garden, ex Timberline from DBG cuttings (undocumented, though, uf) and I'd like to get ahold of other germplasm so there are two gene-distinct plants to swap pollen with one another in future years. Better yet, I'd like a dozen plants of seed-grown plants to use as a grove here in a landscape design. (I get to do that with Joshuatrees this spring, ha ha!)In fact, I have been dreaming that they would make a great general landscape plant in an un-irrigate future, offering a green to foil against the blue of our beloved arizona cypresses. The latter puts out two feet a year in growth when young and unirrigated here in GJ! (SPeaking of which, I just sent a bag of seed to Scogerboe today from the Greek church plants in the tradition of your brother-in-law.Hey- there are some odd cypress growing near the work sheds at Spring Creek in Ft. Collins; fancy they could be San Pedros, too?Pity indeed I had to miss that talk. Thanks for the good wishes and support; see you at the cactus show, certainly!
I'm fully aware of the current "splitting" of N.A. cypress into a new microgenus, and I'm not sure I buy it yet. You could get the precise location of Cupressus bakeri ssp. mathewsii from Frank Cooper (once Frank Sesock--I think he was still going by the latter nane when we got seed from him way back when). All of our living mathewsii are from him. I don't have current contact info, but could get it (from southern Oregon NARGS contacts). I vaguely remember it's from Modoc Co., not far from Mt. Shasta.I've never paid attention to the Spring Creek cypress--will look for them my next visit there. Will check out Pinetree! Have a good tour next month..and see you March if not before.
Uf- I was conflating the San Pedro Martir with the Modoc for a second. I wonder if the ones at spring creek are Modoc.
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