|Picea pungens v. glauca|
So here's the first post of 2014, featuring a photo on my property taken by my friend Terry Shewchuck. It's a Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens var. glauca -- another pledge, to try and use botanical names as much as possible) I purchased seven years ago. It was a foot high then. This past summer it reached about seven feet - so a foot a year on average. I mostly try to use Picea glauca - the native White Spruce - but couldn't resist this fellow when it was tiny and terribly blue. Since then friends have given me a few additional Blue Spruces (after using them as small living Christmas trees). One particular White Spruce on the property grows much faster , in some years as much as a metre. Pictures to follow.