Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Fireglow Japanese Maple

You know what's wonderful about moving?  Starting and planning a new garden; doing all the landscaping from scratch.  I thought I was done with that and really was hoping to find a house that had something I could work with, but this is the house we ended up with and we are as thrilled as if it's Christmas morning. The big question for me was where to begin in the yard, but first the unending unpacking had to be done and then the yard sales to get rid of everything we should not have brought with us.  That's all behind us now, so we can really start to enjoy our new digs. And digging we have done.
 The newest addition is this lovely Japanese Maple called Fireglow (Acer palmatum 'Fireglow') given as a housewarming gift from my brother- and sister-in-law who have impeccable taste.  This particular species will grow to 12 feet tall and 15 feet wide and it is said that when the rising or setting sun hits the translucent leaves it looks like it is on fire or the lights have been turned on. That is why we took such care in its placement.

There's a lot to consider when planting a tree. It's not like a plant that will only take up a small amount of space in the garden and can be easily moved.. What will it look like when it is mature?  Does it need sun or shade?  Should it be protected from the winter winds? That's why I placed the tree in its pot in the yard for a few days before digging it in.  I moved it and tweaked it, turn it this way and that. I stood out by the street and tried to imagine it at its fullest height.
 Finally I found the right spot. away from the roof so the snow will not fall off and damage branches, protected by a wall of shrubs from the west-to- east winter blast, next to the rhododendron for beauty and contrast, but where just enough sun will still strike it at least two times a day to bring out its color.  Now all I have to do is add some mulch, water it at least once a week, and hope the deer stay away! Soon it will no longer be a baby and it won't be so tasty; until then, I will keep close vigilant on the newest addition to my landscaping project, Fireglow Japanese Maple.

1 comment:

Lona said...

A very pretty addition. Girl you are going to have so much fun planning these new gardens. LOL!