Monday, March 5, 2012
A walk with a purpose…taking inventory of the neighborhood Manzanitas
If you read A Tidewater Gardener you may already be familiar with the Winter Walk-Off Challenge proposed by the blogs author, Les. This is the 2nd year Les has asked us to go for a walk and then document what we see in a blog post. Since I frequently post pictures from walks around my ‘hood I needed to come up with a subject matter, something that would give this particular walk a purpose (besides responding to Les’s challenge) and that’s when I thought of the Manzanitas.
Arctostaphylos if you prefer, but why would you use such a tongue twisting clumsy name when you could enjoy the sumptuous word “Manzanita”). In fact I had to take two walks to capture them all, and lest you think I might be able to give you accurate names think again. I can admire them, but I have no idea which is which, if you want to do a bit of research this page on the Xera Plants website might help, or this one on the Desert Northwest site.
Moving down the street a bit we come to what I believe is a patch of ground cover Manzanita.
Just on the other side of the park is a pair of Manzanita that qualify as “green blobs”…is it because they weren’t pruned to reveal the bark? Or do some just not lend themselves to that twisty crazy look I love?
And because one can’t help but be distracted by bright chartreuse blooms here we take a break from our Manzanita hunting to admire these Euphorbia rigida…
This Manzanita is the opposite of the green blob…it’s a sparse gangly thing.
More touches of chartreuse to admire, I’m not sure but I believe this is a Daphne?
The bloom buds…
Kennedy School we find a tallish Manzantia with a nice growth habit.
Flower buds and good sized leaves.
Let’s take a moment to admire one of my favorite Agaves…
Heading for home now, but not before photographing a newly planted little Manzanita…
Another day, another walk…before I could turn in this assignment I needed to visit my inspiration garden a few blocks away, after all I know they’ve got some lovely Manzanitas, this one in the wide parking strip.
But when backlit it takes on more of a bright green hue.
Here’s one that’s newly planted, it was just a seedling last summer from Cistus Nursery if my memory serves. It’s grown a lot!
I thought if I varied my route home I might run across another Manzantia or two, but no such luck. I hope you enjoyed seeing the different leaf sizes, colors, and forms of this wonderful species and if possible that you will consider planting one (or two) in your garden! Thank you Les for the excuse to get out and photograph with a purpose…
(if you’re in the Portland area Garden Fever carries several of the Xera grown plants and Cistus Nursery has a huge selection of Manzanita of all sizes, plus they do mail order!)