It has been a long, hot summer and during that time, I fell out of love with a number of plants that, despite being given lots of extra care and gallons of water , never looked their best.
The japanese maples were amongst these, and in fact, they looked so miserable that I had plans to get rid of the majority of them in the Fall.
Now of course, having survived the heat of Summer, they are at their best producing brilliant colour as the days shorten and the nights get colder. Well, now everything is forgiven and I chide myself for forgetting how wonderful these trees are in Autumn and Spring.
One thing I have noticed is that the japanese maples I have that are grown from seed and therefore growing on their own roots, are generally more robust than the named varieties that are grown on grafts. I wonder if anyone else has noticed this?
|These two Japanese maples have finally come into their own. |
On the left is A. japonicum 'Atarii' and on the right, A. shirasawanum 'Aureum'.
|A. shirasawanum 'Aureum' , close-up view from above.|
|A close-up of the leaves of A. japonicum 'Atarii'|