Continuing on my A to Z theme, other than growing dwarf Japanese cultivars, Acers are not a plant you are going to have many of unless you are lucky enough to have a very large garden. I only grow five and last winter I had to prune two of them back hard as they were casting too much shade in my already shady garden. Having decided to write this post a while ago I was prepared to rush out and take some pictures as the leaves started to turn this autumn, I held on too long for the perfect shot against a blue sky which never transpired and before I knew it the leaves had dropped so the pictures are from the last few years.
Although there are well over 100 species of Acer the most familiar are the many cultivars of Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum, which make up the familiar foliage trees we all love.
|Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' 2013.|
|Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' 2015.|
|Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'.|
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg'.
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' silhouette.
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' colour.
|Acer platanoides 'Crimson King'.|
| Acer palmatum '|
|Acer palmatum var. dissectum 'Sango-kaku'.|
|Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku'.|
|Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood'' seedling.|
Acer palmatum 'Trompenburg' seedling lifted from the ground.
A cautionary tale having just mentioned viability and freshness of seed, as a member of the Meconopsis Group I was sent fresh seed of Meconopsis delavayi which, as I always do, was sown immediately, most Meconopsis and Primula seed being difficult unless absolutely fresh. Autumn sowing plus mild weather equals disaster, the seeds have germinated, I can't leave them outside in the cold tunnel because, hardy as they are, I am not sure they will survive a severe frost, the only solution that presents itself is to try and grow them on in an unheated porch through the winter, we will have to see if this works.
|Meconopsis delavayi seedlings. (notice the re-used pot)|