While I was in Seattle a couple weeks ago, I visited the Washington Park Arboretum for the first time. I saw many wonderful plants and combinations there, but my favorite may very well have been the cork oaks (Quercus suber). The heavy limbs of the larger trees twisted sinuously through the air, covered in thick, textural park. As further embellishment, mosses and licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) had colonized the branches, creating entire microcosms in the air.
I have three of these beautiful trees in my garden, though they range in size from about 2 feet to around 6 feet tall. While I don't plan on living here forever, I look forward to seeing how they'e grown on return visits. I do wish, though, that I could push the fast forward button on their growth to see them as big, mature specimens.
This is my contribution this week to Wednesday Vignette, hosted by Anna at Flutter&Hum. Be sure to follow the link to see Anna's vignette and others.