Acer palmatum ‘Mikawa Yatsubusa’

Perserverence pays off for David and Christine! Enjoy the spring maples in their yarden.

"Aahhh, Spring! Christine and I have been very busy in the garden as you can imagine. Despite some discrepancies Mother Nature and I are still hammering out, like the two nights of freezing temperatures that did do some damage (She can be so “cold” sometimes) and the outrageous assault of descending canker worms, it is nonetheless a wonderful season here in The Yarden. Overall She has still managed to deliver. Folks here have often heard me express that my garden gems are the Japanese maples (along with their other genus relatives), and it is at this time that the maples really put on a reliable display. Because our NC Piedmont Summers can be so oppressive at times, Fall displays are hit and miss, but Spring rarely disappoints. So here is a stroll through the garden to see what some of these delightful trees have to show. Happy Gardening, David Sabio (aka NC Yarden)."

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