We don’t have many flowering shrubs with flowers quite like the shape and color of the Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ here in the Pacific Northwest. This vigorous shrub’s wine-red flowers are now blooming in my garden. Reaching a height of perhaps only 6-8 feet, it is easy to trim to keep lower. This deciduous shrub has been easy to grow with no insect or disease pests. I find it does best in a part shade location with protection from hot afternoon summer sun. It should be in bloom at most garden centers now.
Mike lives and gardens in a suburb of Portland, Oregon where he has resided since 1969.
He grew in up Tucson, Arizona where he worked at a small retail nursery during his high school and college years. He received his formal education at the University of Arizona where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture, and though he values his formal education, he values his field-experience more. It is hard to beat the ‘hands on’ experience of actually gardening, visiting gardens, and sharing information with other gardeners.
Mike has been involved with gardening communications throughout his adult life. In addition to garden writing, he has done television gardening shows in Portland, and for over 30 years he hosted a Saturday radio talk show in Portland. Now he writes, speaks, gardens and continues to share his love of gardening.
To be connected to the gardening industry is a bonus in life for Mike. He has found gardeners to be among the friendliest and most caring, generous people. Consequently, many of his friends he has met through gardening.
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