Dear Friends and Fellow Gardeners,
Quan Yen in the Garden
The winter months are sleepy and slow with little enthusiasm for more than a good book! And then as if by magic the sun begins to slowly return and I am eagerly anticipating and preparing for the coming spring. My body remembers what an explosion of energy Spring is, we are making the most out of the few hours of daylight on dry days, preparing for a very busy spring.
The catalog is on the way with some wonderful new additions.A.p. Akane, a small palmate with outstanding yellow color all summer long. This tree is a favorite of mine and I am happy to offer it to you for your garden. Also see the incredible red spring color of Kuro Hime, a new dwarf. Many trees that have been out of stock are now available. Such as A.j. Fairy lights, a small dissectum with great fall color or the outrageous pink A.p. Abigail Rose and A.c. Del’s Dwarf with rose-orange spring color. Check out A.s. Johin an elegant small red tree especially suited to colder climates.
We are excited to be working with Horticulture Today doing a live Smart Gardening workshop online. All of the information you need about Growing Japanese Maples in containers from selection to long term care will be available. Sign up and participate in the broadcast live if you can or see it later on their website at your convenience. Smart Gardening Workshops | Horticulture
Do your container trees need root pruning? Every 2-5 years you will need to replace the exhausted, compacted soil and prune the roots as well as the tree to maintain good health. Timing is very important to achieve the best results. Approximately 4 weeks prior to bud break is the optimal time for root pruning. See our root pruning video for more information. With the help of my son, Ian, we have entered into the Social Media world. Youtube is a wonderful medium to communicate some of the more difficult concepts such as root-pruning. We also have links to these videos on the website. We invite you to become a part of our community on Facebook to receive regular updates about the trees and the nursery.
After some very difficult years for all of us I do believe we have turned a corner and the future looks quite bright. Certainly the beauty and the sweet mystery of the maples has always inspired and given me hope. I am very grateful for your consistent encouragement and support over the years that allow us to continue this beautiful work. Thank You.
Enjoy your trees, Tricia
If spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all the hearts to behold the miraculous change. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow