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A Few Pics From Today

Message from Michael In Spokane

This has been the longest growing season I can remember. My last frost was April 5th. and I still haven't gone below 32, although some areas around me have. This first pic is from Finch Arboretum. I couldn't get my camera to focus (Gotta be smarter than the gadget). Viburnum farreri, with a very spicy-sweet almond fragrance
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Hamamelis virginiana, also at Finch
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Trachy from a California source. This one had spear pull after temps around 10F this last winter. You can see the following leaf (near the center of the crown) is reduced. (All the palms were unprotected at that temperature, which occurred in November quite suddenly after an exceptionally warm fall. They were protected later in the season.)
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This one is from a western Washington source. No damage after the same temps.
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This one is in the ground. It pulled, but had great recovery.
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Wintersweet season has begun. This flower smells like Arabian jasmine combined with Juicy Fruit gum!
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A bit disturbing. I don't usually see this until February. Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'
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Mahonia bealei
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Helleborus niger 'Joseph Lemper'
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Schizostylis coccinea 'Torero'
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Iris foetidissima, Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum',and Adiantum venustum
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The iris again with a seedling of Arum italicum
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Rose 'Julia Child'. The bush is 6' tall
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Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance', in bloom since May
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Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea'
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Pachysandra axillaris 'Windcliff Fragrant'. This smells like Paperwhites, only much sweeter. It usually blooms in the spring
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Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt'. This is my frost indicator. It will tolerate the cool but frost free temps that caused my New Guinea impatiens to rot
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One more. Poncirus trifoliata, or as some botanists now call it, Citrus trifoliata. One of 13 fruit; this is its second season bearing. It took 7 years. Surprisingly, the fruit is not as bitter as I'd expected it would be, but alas, the flowers are barely scented.
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That's enough for now. Thanks for looking!





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