Thursday, November 20, 2008

I could be a collector

I've said it before: I adore Japanese maples. I have the "bible" - J.D. Vertrees' Japanese Maples, and have spent hours drooling over its colored photos and making wish lists from the hundreds of cultivars available. It doesn't help my passion that there is a nearby nursery that carries the biggest variety of Japanese maples I've seen in one location - although they no longer allow walk-in traffic. Of course, the "meadow rats" love Japanese maples, too; that's certainly a disincentive for spending money on edible treasures. So for now I enjoy the ones I have.

The current star of Boulderneigh continues to be the grafted tree near our front door. I took these photos during our recent dry (and sometimes foggy) stretch - which had decidedly ended when we woke up this morning. It's a good day to be cameraless!

That's it for now at . . .

7 comments:

Jenny Holden said...

Acers are my absolute favourites too! I have some pressed leaves decorating my computer monitor at work :o)

Talking of favourite things, have a look at my blog!

shadow mountain jacobs farm said...

Japanese Maples are my passion also and I have the same book but probably an older version than you do. They are so easy to grow in Oregon and Washington. Someone told me that there are over 500 different varieties of Japanese Maples now. I need more acreage!!!

white_lilly said...

What beautiful trees! you are so fortunate to have them on your property and a nursery near by. Are they hardy and easy to grow?
By the way I have tagged you for Six Random things about yourself :)

Sheepmom said...

Love those Japanese maples. They are so much more colorful than the maples I have in the backyard.
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Becky Utecht said...

What beautiful colors in those photos!

Wrensong Farm said...

Maybe we should start a Japanese Maple Addicts club. :) I adore them myself. Each one has such personality!

dreameyce said...

I'm a japanese maple fan too. We have 3 trees, including the seedling we got when my daughter was a little baby. We call it 'her' tree.

I've been meaning to call about coming up, but crud happened here, and we only have one vehicle now! I'm not sure when the problem will be fixed, but hopefully soon *G*