Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I bought this Shishigashira Japanese Maple with the promise that the Fall colour was outstanding.  I have waited 3 years for this little tree to change colour and finally I can say I am glad.  The colour is spectacular. It is a limey green all summer, and then in late Fall it shows its colours.  The leaf is yellow with red and orange tones.  It grows to 200 cm by 200 cm.  So it is not a big tree. Perfect for the spot I have it, because I have a Crimson Queen Japanese Maple close by.  It has already shed its leaves, but the Fall red colour was very deep and vivid.  I saw one in someone else's garden with black mulch around it and the combination was very striking.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Christmas Urns: Balls and Bows

Great colour if it works with your house, but red is still the all time favourite!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Urns

Carefully selected, your fall container can transition to a winter container with a little thought.

No one seems tired of of birch logs yet.  They are still a going concern in containers Spring, Summer Winter and Fall in this area.  I sometimes wonder and worry about all the birches cut down for the branches.  Maybe it will spawn an industry of 'birch tree farms' in addition to the Christmas tree farms. Most of these Fall containers can easily transition to winter containers with the addition of some ornaments and bows.  The nice thing about evergreens it that they last for a very long time. So if you are interested in  having a container done for your entrance or balcony, email

Sunday, November 4, 2012

What Colour!

The Handyman proudly displays the flag year round.  You've got to admit the light shining on the trees is magnificent.

The view out my kitchen window, gladdens my heart each day, even in rainy weather. 

I love the colour of hostas in Fall. (I also love birdhouses!)