Yesterday evening, I got a lovely surprise: I went round to friends’ for a Ramadan breakfast and was presented with the Japanese maple in the picture below.
At the moment, it needs to be in a pot to build up its strength. And I do not yet know where the best place to plant it would be…. It would be a shame to have to dig it up once it was settled so, as I am still in the early stages of planning my fruit and flower garden, planting it too soon could result in unnecessary upheaval.
Purple is one of my favourite colours and the maple is not totally dissimilar to the Smoke Bush (thanks to my mum for informing me of the common name for Cotinus coggygria) I saw at Harlow Carr a couple of weeks ago.
All in all, another touching gift :-).
© Helen Butt, July 2013