What is Addicted Conifer Syndrome?

I was asked by Adam Cortell from Digging The Garden and Bren Haas from BGGarden.com to be a guest on their new social venture called Garden Chatter. I joined Ronald Elardo from Whadyacallit Gardening, Bren and Adam for a Google Hangout on Tuesday night to talk about conifers.

Though I’m relatively new to gardening I do now share a conditition with Ronald known as Addicted Conifer Syndrome (ACS) so I was honored to be a guest alongside someone who has much more knowledge and experience with my favorite plants. ACS is also the abbreviation for the American Conifer Society of which we are both members and where he edits their magazine, Conifer Quarterly.

Here are a few things to add to your to-do list:

Garden Chatter #6: Conifers

After watching, I’m sure you can agree that Addicted Conifer Syndrome is a serious condition.

Plants mentioned during the chat

Picea Abies

Picea abies ‘Pusch’ – I regularly see Pusch now at plant sales. They had a few at the US National Arboretum this fall and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden fall plant sale they had one with huge cones. It was really neat but I had my eye on something else at the time and missed it.

Araucaria araucana

Araucaria araucana – My baby Monkey Puzzle

Pinus Thunbergii

Pinus thunbergii ‘Thunderhead’ – An awesome tree that I purchased with an incorrect label reading “Thundercloud” but definitely a “Thunderhead.

Metasequoia glyptostoboides

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Ogon’ – I got started collecting evergreens after getting a Dawn Redwood seedling which grew to over 20 feet in 7 years! This is a golden variety formerly called “Gold Rush.”

Chamaecyparis obtusa

Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Chirimen’ – One of the really cool dwarf conifers so if you see it in a store or at a plant sale, buy it!

Pinus densiflora

Pinus densiflora ‘Golden Ghost’ – This is one of the most striking #conifers  I have in the garden. Unfortunately it got burned in the winter last year and reverted to show a lot of green and yellow variegation. It still looks really cool. I have it on my wish list again and I’ll protect it better next time! 

Pinus contorta

Pinus contorta ‘Spaan’s Dwarf’ – This little guy was saved in the nick of time from sawflies this year at my house. I had them in late August which apparently is a pretty late hatch. I’ll be much more watchful next year before they get hungry! 

Pinus banksiana

Pinus banksiana ‘Uncle Fogy’ – Uncle Fogy reportedly gets its name because it drools.

Thanks Ronald, Adam and Bren!

I enjoyed the chat and the hour went by quickly. I am sure I could have come up with a dozen additional questions!