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A Fiery Display of Red in California

By Kim Charles

Japanese maples take center stage in Pauline's CA garden.


"To our fellow gardeners: We would like to share a few early fall photos of "Pauline's Garden". The California drought has had its effect on the timing of fall foliage color. These photos, taken on November 21st, display the beauty of select Japanese maples while other older maples in the garden remaing with their green foliage. Dogwoods and birch trees lost their foliage long ago."

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The garden is now 52 years old and we enjoy it so much every day.  A doe gave birth to her two fawns in our upper garden and each day they visit to enjoy a safe haven. At last our older maples, of witch there are 72, are showing their beauty.

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  1. user-3565112 12/01/2016

    Good morning, Despite the drought your gardens are terrific. It all looks so natural & suited to your site that Mother Nature could have designed it herself. The pots & ornaments add a splash of color in just the right spots.
    Good work & good luck, Joe

  2. bsavage 12/01/2016

    So beautiful! And those fawns! How do you keep the deer from eating everything?

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    treasuresmom 12/01/2016

    Love all the fall colors.

  4. NCYarden 12/01/2016

    Love to see your garden featured. You know I was snared with the Japanese maples. Absolutely beautiful. Always amazed how grand your garden looks while dealing with a drought.

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    meander_michaele 12/01/2016

    Where would our gardens be without the elegant grace of the oh, so lovely Japanese maples? Even young, they add beautiful color and interesting structure. These pictures make me think of the old Chinese proverb..."The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Thank you for sharing your always enchanting garden, Irvin and Pauline.

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    user-7007816 12/01/2016

    What a treat it must be to live in this environment. Here in central Michigan, the Japanese maples are typically not hardy, but I have discovered one that has now made it for 8 years.

    1. user-3282241 12/01/2016

      Hi Dale, I would love to know what maple you have had luck with as I live in central Vermont and would love a hardy one for here.

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        user-7007816 12/03/2016

        Hi Gary, My tree is a Acer palmatum dissectum " "Crimson Queen" Laceleaf. I bought it from Wavecrest, which is a Michigan propagator, in 2004.

  7. Chris_N 12/01/2016

    Wonderful garden, Pauline and Irvin. Very few Japanese maples do well in Wisconsin so I have to get my maple viewing needs vicariously. Thanks for posting.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 12/01/2016

    I always know I'm in for a treat we I see Irvin and Pauline's names appear in GPOD. Those maples are just magical and the setting sumptuous, drought notwithstanding.

  9. perenniallycrazy 12/01/2016

    I feel spoiled today as two favorites are being featured - Japanese maples and Pauline's California garden. Thank you for a slice of heaven today..

  10. sheila_schultz 12/01/2016

    It's always an excellent day when Pauline's garden and Irvin's thoughtful words are featured on GPOD!
    I had been thinking about the two of you and your inspirational gardens and wondering how you have been faring during CA's prolonged drought. Obviously you have the magic touch since your gardens are as beautiful as always!

  11. GrannyCC 12/01/2016

    Beautiful, such a treat to see your garden again.

  12. schatzi 12/01/2016

    You must be doing something right - you have gorgeous gardens in the middle of a drought! Love the maples and the cobalt blue pots. The deer are adorable - hope they don't eat everything in sight!

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/01/2016

    Good morning, Irvin and Pauline, and thanks for treating us to your ever enchanting garden. Do you still add to this 52 yr old garden or just nurture it along? Like here in the PNW, it looks like the summer drought has temporarily taken a break and given you some needed moisture but your garden doesn't seem to be suffering. Everything looks vibrant and healthy, even those baby Bambis.

  14. user-91370 12/01/2016

    Your garden is so lovely. A stroll through it must be heavenly. Thank you for sharing.

  15. user-7007498 12/01/2016

    Loved seeing your garden again, Pauline and Irvin. You have had so many awesome posts over the years (I still remember the awesome camellias).

    The deer are so cute (in someone else garden). I love Japanese maples so much. They have gorgeous structure in addition to fabulous leaves. Yours are wonderful specimens.
    Thanks again for another tour of your garden.

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