It all started when I said I really wanted to plant another Japanese Maple and thought it could go to the left of the garage to break up all the very tall, tall green trees and the green of the flowering shrubs. I shared with you the pocket garden we added to the side of the house (if you missed it, you can read about it here) and mentioned that we were working on two other areas as well. Below are some photos of the one we really expanded on the garage side of the house. It started with a small raised bed garden and we expanded it from there. In fact we expanded it to include another complimentary garden near it. Isn’t that how it always happens? A new tree leads to not one, but several new garden areas. Can’t have a new appliance without remodeling, or so I have heard……..Today….the planting of my gift from kbj of a Japanese Maple tree. I had gotten him one as a house warming gift for his home. That tree now sits in an oversized container in a back garden. This one is going in the ground. On to some photos and some suggestion as to how to plant a tree, especially one that is root bound, as this one was.
The maple selected is Japanese Maple Emperor or Acer palmatum Emperor 1, an upright growing tree. Another maple variety Bloodgood . Some feel that the Emperor is a tad more hardy than the BG and may hold its color better. The Emperor is fast growing, hardy and easy to grow. It will reach a height of 20 to 25 feet (which is perfect as an understory tree in my woods), and makes an excellent street or small yard tree. It leaves out about two weeks later than most Japanese Maples giving it the advantage of less spring frost damage, which helps if you live in a northern climate. The leaves in spring are a dark reddish purple (and even in August mine is still colorful) and in fall a brilliant crimson red. In the south it appreciates afternoon shade and full sun if you plant it in the north. It is suggested to feed it once a year with a slow release fertilizer, although I fertilize with compost when I plant and then it is on it’s own. Once established the tree does fine, but the first year water moderately, or until established.
And so it began. I ordered another dump truck load of dirt, but it would be almost two weeks before it was delivered because of all the rain. Good for the tree, bad for the project getting done. We did get it done, and I will post on that tomorrow! Thanks for reading and hope you are enjoying the tail end of your summer. Laters, charisse