The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


17 March 2020

Arboreal Chameleons!

Acer palmatum Sango-kaku
Acer palmatum dissectum last Autumn & now in the ground!
It definitely wasn't on the official jobs list but, when I mentioned to Chris that a pot growing Acer palmatum Sango-kaku was desperately in need of a little more elbow room, he came up with the perfect idea!  I'd been thinking and THINKING - where on earth could it be planted?  He immediately suggested the Aspen Grove. Genius!! Why hadn't I thought of that??  Since we removed all the Aspens and replanted with multi stemmed birch, it's not even an Aspen grove any more!  For obvious reasons, the Sango-kaku is also known as the Coral barked maple.

We spent the usual time trying it in various positions before planting and there was a choice of 2 ideal spots.  As soon as it was in the ground, I was off to look for another to steal away and pop in the other spot.  I found a small terribly one sided Acer dissectum which was also too big for its pot and so Chris very cleverly planted it on the lean!  Now we can't wait for all those leaf buds to break open!

Centre: yellow leaved Acer palmatum Sango-kaku

We're more than a tad partial to Acers in this garden and have about a dozen in the garden and 6 or 7 in pots.  They're the chameleons of the tree world!

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