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Tree Ferns Lotusland

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Haida Gwai Golden Spruce - A mythical tree - A wonder until it was cut down in 1997. - British Columbia, Canada

Haida Gwai Golden Spruce - A mythical tree - A wonder until it was cut down in 1997. - British Columbia, Canada

If we have room for ornamentals in the back yard, the Chinese pistache is one of my top choices. It will tolerate our hot sun and occasional freezes (down to 10 degrees!). UofA says it is a perfect tree for our climate. Some people call it the Ugly Duckling Tree because it starts as a scraggly little thing and has only a moderate growth rate but eventually grows into a great beauty.

If we have room for ornamentals in the back yard, the Chinese pistache is one of my top choices. It will tolerate our hot sun and occasional freezes (down to 10 degrees!). UofA says it is a perfect tree for our climate. Some people call it the Ugly Duckling Tree because it starts as a scraggly little thing and has only a moderate growth rate but eventually grows into a great beauty.

We love the soft light of winter and how it shows almost everything to advantage. In the shot above, conifers, yucca and the lingering leaves of a mix of deciduous trees illuminate the landscape. I…

Winter Finery – Bright Spots on Dull Days

We love the soft light of winter and how it shows almost everything to advantage. In the shot above, conifers, yucca and the lingering leaves of a mix of deciduous trees illuminate the landscape. I…

Markus specimen trees

Markus specimen trees

Trunk shapes echo in Western Hills garden

Trunk shapes echo in Western Hills garden

Japanese maples, Rare Tree Nursery, Conifer Kingdom, foliage colors

Japanese maples, Rare Tree Nursery, Conifer Kingdom, foliage colors

Contrasting shapes and textures at Western Hills Garden  (Dasylirion - spikey plant in the back)

Contrasting shapes and textures at Western Hills Garden (Dasylirion - spikey plant in the back)

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