Hobbiton conifers of the week, June 25th

firefightergardener(7/8)June 26, 2012

This week's addition will be called 'A visit to Dragonfly Farms' which is a very cool Maw/Paw nursery in Kingston, Washington. The owner is Heidi Kastor, a gem of a lady who's more interested in cool plants then massive profits. The prices are very fair, the atmosphere is warm and the inventory is both rare and enormous. There are literally 1,200 or so cultivars of conifers available in sizes from 3" pots to 30 gallon monsters. A collector who lives or visits the Pacific Northwest without visiting this nursery is really only denying themselves a great treasure trove of plants. Except for the first plant(abies koreana), all of the following were purchased from Dragonfly Farms:

Abies koreana [Fincham Seedling]. A seedling that Bob selected from offspring of Abies koreana 'Gelbbunt'. STRONG variegation that doesn't burn in 1/2 days sun.

Closer view.

Abies amabilis 'Compacta'

Picea omorika 'T.C. Weeping'

Abies balsamea 'Jamy' VERY small.

Cupressus glabra 'Sulphera' - A bright and beautiful conifer.

Abies balsamea 'Nana' - Very nice little conifer, does GREAT in heavy shade.

Acer palmatum 'Olsen's Frosted Strawberry'



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Thank you for the posting, Will! I live just 'across the pond' and didn't know about Dragonfly. I'll pay them a visit as soon as the rain lets up (ha!). Great plants!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 3:49PM
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Garen Rees(6a)

I love love love these. Thanks for taking the time! =)
I like the Cupressus glabra 'Sulphera'

    Bookmark   June 26, 2012 at 11:45PM
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greenhaven(SW MI z6)

I love that Abies koreana (Fincham seedling), is that in commercial circulation?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 12:32AM
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coniferjoy(z7 The Netherlands)

Will, I saw your (Bob's Gelbbunt Seedling) last Winter, it has been growing big since.

You purchased some very nice conifers from the Dragonfly Farms.
Please chance the Cupressus glabra 'Sulphera'
Cupressus glabra 'Sulphurea'.
You see how fast wrong spelled names will spread as Garen59 copied it also this way...

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 2:14AM
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Thank you Fiddlelgal and Garen, I appreciate that you appreciate it. :)

GH, It's one of several that Bob is growing. He is basically observing them to see if any are better/reliable enough to be released. All are a little different and perhaps not consistently reliable. The one I have is basically unique and if it looks good in a year or two perhaps we'll do some grafts and see how they turn out. :)

Thank you Edwin, tags are so often wrong.

Cupressus glabra 'Sulphurea'. Noted!


    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 3:31AM
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Cher(6 SW OH)

Great conifers shown. I'm sure those with shade appreciate seeing any mentioned that do well in it also. Love the Acer also.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 6:14AM
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