Now, I had been wondering for a week or so why the leaves on my Japanese maple were starting to curl up. I thought that perhaps it was because it was getting too big for its pot – or worse, it was suffering from some terrible disease. If the latter, I was already in the early stages of feeling heart-broken.
Anyway, at the weekend, I repotted the acer, in the hope that it would be revitalised. That didn’t happen. So, this evening, I have done an internet search and now I know. Or at least I hope it is simply losing its leaves because it is autumn!
On my internet travels, I also learned that Japanese maples prefer acidic soils… Not a problem at the moment as it is in compost rather than my garden soil. They also prefer to be out of the full sun in a sheltered position… Which might be a problem as my patio cannot be said to be shady or sheltered.
In other words, my tree might be the first vegetation apart from grass to venture into the front garden. Although the front faces in a northerly direction, it does get the sun for about half the day, but in the summer it has moved round, so there is no glaring midday heat on that side. Perfect maybe?
©Helen Butt, September 2013