We took a train ride (El Chepe) into the Copper Canyon of Mexico traveling through several different types of forest. First the Tropical Dry Forest, highlighted by bright pink Amapa (Tabebuia impetiginosa) Tree and OrganPipe Cactus.
Then to my delight we gained elevation and passed into the amazing Pine-Oak Forest of the High Sierra, home to several dozen species of Pine. A few I was able to identify:
Apache Pine/ Pinus engelmanii with
very long (12”+) needles in bundles of 3. The native people use them for basket weaving.
Pino Triste (Sad or Weeping Pine) Pinus lumholzii is endemic to this area. Needles in bundles of 3 that hang down from the branches making it seem “sad”.
And so many Oak species (200!) I didn’t even begin to ID, just enjoyed being in their presence.
Also, Madrones, Manzanitas and Junipers but they will have to wait until next time.
We are off to explore some more the Sonora Desert and surrounding areas again. We should be back Mid February, refreshed and ready to dig into spring.
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Spring is finally here! Everyday more buds emerge.
Below are Western Larch, Ninebark, Early Blue Violet, Penstemon, Pacific Crabapple and Shooting Star to name just a few. Come see for yourself much, much more.
We spent the summer and fall of last year moving from our beautiful but remote spot on Dabob Bay to Sunny, much more accessible Sequim. Deer (and Elk) fence and a greenhouse again!
As plants went dormant and backs grew weary we made a little escape from our beloved Pacific Northwest to explore the Sonora Desert (U.S. and Mexican portions).
Upon return we discover that winter is just now happening. As I write this we are still covered with close to two feet of snow! Even so, things are budding out in the greenhouse and who knows what is going on under that cover of white. Spring is coming-its just a matter of time-and lots to do while we wait.
Thanks to all you native plant lovers from King, Kitsap, Jefferson and now Clallam counties, for your continued support. Looking forward to seeing you again or newly meeting you.