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Posted August 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I thought this would be a fun idea to help us all to get to know each other better. I manage a little plot of land in Olympia, Washington called ‘Glacier’s End.’ Here’s a overview of what it looks like from one of my favorite vantage points. I have over 700 different cultivars on about an acre of land, mostly conifers but there’s a few maple, beech and oak scattered about for changes in texture. I’ll be showing off this place during the upcoming WR conference this September. I’m eagerly awaiting my chance to host the ACS.

 

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Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

David – looks great! I wish I could journey out to Glacier’s End in person. Which is your favorite conifer there?

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Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Hi Larry,

my favorite conifer on the grounds in Thuja plicata ‘Haley Bop.’ She exemplifies everything I like in a collector conifer: miniature, clumpy and rare as hen’s teeth. This is one of two specimens I have in my collection.

I had the pleasure last winter of seeing a really old specimen; it’s around 15 years old and only the size of a grapefruit (a very lumpy grapefruit).

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Posted August 14, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Sorry work won’t allow me to join the ACS-WR tour; have heard a lot about your place. What are you doing with oaks? Or is this the wrong place to ask?

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Posted August 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

David,
That is a fantastic tree! I have not seen that one to date!
thanks,
Larry

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Posted August 15, 2013 at 7:13 am

@J, all I’ve done with oaks is plant them and enjoy them. All are xeric and off in very dry places. My favorite oak cultivar is the Quercus dentata ‘Pinatifida.’ Finally after sitting in it’s place for 5-6 years, it’s now putting on some nice growth. Seems that oaks need to get root down really deep before they concern themselves with top growth.

@Larry, ‘Haley Bop’ is a good example of what I enjoy most about this hobby: Hear about or see a tree that’s extremely rare and bizarre, then hunt it down and acquire it. ACS auctions are a good source for ideas. I don’t often win the coolest plants, but just seeing them and hearing the stories behind them gives me the impetus to go hunting.

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Posted August 15, 2013 at 6:47 pm

How do you know that ‘Haley Bop’ is a girl? Isn’t it named after the comet? 🙂 Actually, I often refer to certain (dioecious) plants as ‘he’ or ‘she’ for no reason apparent to anyone other than myself. Looking forward to seeing your place next month!

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Posted August 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Sara, it’s a really funny name if you think about it. I call ‘Haley Bop’ a girl primarily because Haley is a girl’s name, but there’s a whole lot more going on here. The legend says that the seed of the original tree was irradiated by the Hale-Bopp comet. Wait there’s more. You’ve heard of Bill Haley and the Comets, right? Their music was bopped during many a “sock-hop” in the 50s and 60s. I don’t know if Dick North made up the name himself, but it’s one of the more creative cultivar names one will encounter.

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Posted August 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Ha! Never thought of the Bop-comet connection! I confess that I have purchased plants in the past largely (or at least partly) because of their names…but as a retired marketing person, who am I to criticize effective naming?!

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Posted September 2, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Thought I might add that there is a very strong rumor going around regarding the offering of Haley Bop at WR verbal auction in Olympia

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