One of the plants I’ve owned the longest is my Ukigumo Japanese Maple. Some things we keep for a long time become part of who we are. Like children, books, cars or even plants. All the plants I grow in my garden represent a piece of me. I think of that funny scene in the movie 101 Dalmatians where the owners resemble their dogs. I’ve … Continue reading Ukigumo, It’s Great to be Eight
This is a tree of transforming beauty. Continue reading Ukigumo Japanese Maple
Here is my Ukigumo Japanese Maple as it travels through time. This beautiful Acer palmatum has been with me for five years and it’s grown a lot. This years photo shows it weighted down with raindrops and with partial variegation. I recently read that variegation is influenced by cultural conditions and that the leaves will revert to plain green with too much fertilizer or too … Continue reading Ukigumo Year Five
This tree has a name that slides off the tongue. Shishigashira, shhhhhhishigashira, shishhhhhhhhigashira, shishigasssssshhira, any way you say it, it’s fun. Especially fast, shishigashira. I wonder how to type a word that represents very quick speech. Slow speech is easy, lotttttssssss of lettttttttersssssssss. Fast speech? Shishigashira? No, bold doesn’t work, it’s too blocky and solid, not fast. Shishigashira, in italics is starting to get faster. I … Continue reading Shhhhhhhishigashira
Ukigumo. People like this tree. Wrong! People LOVE this tree. A Japanese Maple like no other. A head turner. An award winner. A poem, a cloud, a welcome home. Here is a small tree that shows off its unique foliage of green and pink and white with a soft spring glow. Every time I drive home my tree is sitting in the driveway and it … Continue reading Ukigumo, You’ve Been With Me Four Years!