April 13, 2012
I am watering in early spring, in a climate that is normally known for its dreary boot-sucking mud season at this time of year.
Where is my mud? Where is my normal? Where is my soaker hose, the one that I stored and can't find now. Why does the faucet leak geysers at the house connection?
The magnolias got blasted a few weeks ago with a hard overnight freeze, and many early bloomers are now mush displays. The Japanese maples are braving it out though, and I love seeing my Acer palmatum 'Orange Dream' glow in the far garden in April.
The leaves are just starting to unfurl, and they have little brown edges, either from near freezes or from the dry. I need to water deeply.
It's a curious Japanese maple that stays a shrubby form rather than big and graceful. The leaves emerge orange, but turn chartreuse in summer. They scorch a little in the sun when the middle of summer hits. I am waiting for some larger trees behind this maple to grow up and provide the shade 'Orange Dream' needs in summertime.
The bark is green. The photo below is from last May, and you can see the trunk has an army tank gray-green tint. At times it is actually quite green and looks like someone dyed the smooth bark. Odd, and completely unnecessary with the orange leaves.
In autumn the leaves become a deeper gold color, but not like most Japanese maples, which have shocking fall foliage. Orange Dream's season to be noticed is really spring when the beautiful leaves are copper orange, and then summer when they turn sulphur yellow and bright green. Yow.
This is a young tree. I planted it in 2010, and it struggled in that unusually hot summer. Now this dry, dry spring.
It's at the farthest point in the yard that my tangled system of hoses can reach, but I really need to find a connection that doesn't spurt fountains in all directions, and get this guy a drink.