November 20, 2014
The Splendor of the Maple Grove
Of all the trees that shed their leaves in autumn, the Japanese maples are among the last, which makes their colors stand out more vividly against the muted background.
During the planting of this Japanese maple grove last August, my dear sister Laura Plimpton passed away. Because she was especially fond of maples, I decided to name the grove in honor of her. It's called "The Laura Plimpton Japanese Maple Grove."
In a previous blog, I showed you all the steps involved in planting the grove. With these photos, you can see the trees in their full autumn splendor. Most of them are still small. As the years go by and they grow larger, the display of colors will intensify and become even more beautiful. I know my sister would be pleased.
1 At the beginning of the grove stands this brilliant specimen.
2 I love the contrast between the scarlet leaves and the Bedford Gray color of the stable barn.
3 Here's a shot of the road curving gently through the maple grove.
4 The colors take my breath away.
5 Because they prefer sun-dappled, part shade, I planted many of the maples beneath larger trees.
6 Here's the view facing Maple Avenue.
7 Another shot showing the expanse of the grove.
8 And here you see deeper into the grove.
9 Japanese maples are native to China, Korea and Japan.
10 They are hardy and can withstand very cold temperatures.
11 Young trees should be kept moist to prevent their shallow root structure from drying out and weakening, particularly during the hot summer months.
12 The heavy leaf cover on the ground enriches the soil.
13 The leaves of Japanese maples can be red, green or variegated.
14 I love the way they are shaped like stars.
15 Or like the palm of a hand with splayed fingers.
16 Few trees are as beautiful as the Japanese maple in autumn.