It is the first of the month and time to show you a gardening oops, or GOOPs. Joene sponsors this each month, and you can check out hers and others' mistakes on her blog:
This time it is not my own silly mistake or gardening blunder. This time it is the heartbreak of seeing nature's damage to an expensive and beautiful Japanese maple. The trunk has split right down the middle:
My mistake was not getting out there this winter to relieve the weight of so much heavy snow on the branches. What a terrible oops.
This lovely little purple-leaved weeper, Acer palmatum 'Crimson Queen', is right in front of the house, by the door. It's visible from the den window, and it is low and completely accessible. All I had to do was notice, and get out there to remove the weight of the snow. But that was easier said than done. After several storms it was buried; the picture below was before the snowblower went by and piled tons more on its crown. After a full season of snowblowing the front walk, even the topmost branches were gone from sight, and remained that way almost all winter:
It is such a beautiful tree, looking spectacular last October:
What do you think? Can I bind the two halves of this trunk together with strong tape or rope, and get the wounded tissue to graft together? Would that work?
Can I save this tree? And if I can, will it forgive me for this terrible mistake?