August 11, 2014
My Japanese Maple Grove - Dedicated To The Memory Of My Late Sister, Laura Plimpton
I recently paid a visit to one of my favorite nurseries, located in Cutchouge NY. I was looking for some new and interesting plants for my home in East Hampton. While browsing their inventory, I discovered a spectacular variety of Japanese maple trees. I thought about the extensive damage that hurricane Sandy did to my Japanese maple grove in late 2012, and decided to purchase some of these beautiful trees to fill in the gaps and add some color. My late sister, Laura Plimpton, was especially fond of Japanese maple trees, so when I asked her to do a blog about the planting of the new trees, she was delighted to take on the project. As it turns out, it was her final blogging project for me, as she passed away early last week. I am dedicating the Japanese maple grove to her and naming it "The Laura Plimpton Japanese Maple Grove".
1 The Japanese maples were delivered and then organized by variety in front of my gym.
2 The trees varied in size from 3 to 6 feet in height.
3 They were loaded very carefully and driven to the maple woods.
4 Wilmer unloaded the trees and lined them up along the side of the road.
5 Pete worked on clearing the road of debris.
6 While Dendi gave the borders a nice clean cut.
7 In another area, Chhiring used a hose as a guide to mark the edges of the road.
8 And he filled the low spots with soil.
9 The end result is a beautifully manicured border along both sides of the maple grove.
10 The interior beds were also trimmed and freshened up.
11 Once the roads were groomed and ready, the placement would begin.
12 Ryan began the process of planning and placing the trees throughout the grove.
13 The trees were placed strategically throughout.
14 There was a lot of ground to cover so they were spread out accordingly.
15 Laura took this photo of Ryan as he determine where to place this tree.
16 All the trees were in position and it was time to begin the planting.
17 First a hole is dug.
18 The potted tree is placed into the hole to gauge the necessary depth.
19 Once the depth of the hole is correct, the tree is removed from its plastic pot and the hole is amended with fertilizer.
20 Dry Roots fertilizer was used on the new plantings.
21 While Plant-tone fertilizer was given to any existing maples in the area.
22 After the fertilizer was mixed in, the tree was placed in the hole.
23 A layer of compost, made on my farm, was then added.
24 Wilmer then distributes it evenly around the base of the newly planted tree.
25 He then skillfully shapes the pit.
26 A beautiful finish!
27 Another view.
28 Laura loved Japanese maples because of the beautiful, vibrant color of their foliage.
29 She always said that when sunlight trickled in, the foliage resembled fire.
30 Look at this handsome specimen against the backdrop of the verdant, sun-drenched ferns.
31 And this one.
32 So pretty.
33 As the season transitions into fall and then winter, the foliage will become even more vibrant, making these maple woods a serene and visually spectacular wonderland.
34 My dear sister Laura would have loved this beautiful finished Japanese maple grove. It is a fitting memorial for her. I will always think of her when I'm here.