Friday, November 12, 2010

The Little Tree That Could--and Does!

It's Friday--predicted to be one of the last warmish days of the year.  It's a good day to finish putting the garden to bed and rake up the leaves one more time.  When I opened the garage door yesterday, this is what I saw:

The sun blazing down on the Japanese Maple.  This still young beauty is now about eight feet tall.  My husband found it at Costco five years ago.  It was about three feet tall and sitting in a pot hoping, I'm sure, for the perfect spot to flourish and show off.  Even though it wasn't on his shopping list, he brought the little tree home.  "Where are you going to put that tree?"--an appropriate question I thought.  "Not sure" he replied.  We finally decided on a spot right off the back porch.  A spot where we could view the tree many times a day.   

After two years, the tree had outgrown the spot.  If you don't already know it, we are still novice gardeners.  So we decided on a space just outside the fence toward the front of the house.  He dug the now almost five foot tree up and planted it in the new spot.  It flourished.

Two more years passed and the now, not-so-little tree outgrew it's second home.  We decided to transplant it at the edge of the parking pad outside the garage.  Off it went to it's third home.  That was two years ago.  

This healthy, and seemingly indestructible, beauty cost $49.00 at Costco.  To us, it's priceless.

21 comments:

  1. What a beautiful show that tree puts on every fall! Gorgeous color.

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  2. It is beautiful. I would say that your husband made a great purchase! Carla

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  3. If we had the time, i could tell you similar stories of our bushes and trees. its hard to know what they will do, and when we ask the mean at the nursey he would say, oh it gets about 20 feet tall. HA on that it is now 40 feet and touching the power lines. OOPS i was not going to tell stories. it is a beautiful tree and I am glad it survived its moves and you are right, trees are priceless

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  4. What a beautiful tree!! I would give anything to have a tree that produces leaves that changes colors with the seasons. Alas, that is not what we can grow here in deep south Texas. I really enjoyed seeing your photo and the fact it is a "moving" tree is amazing!!
    Have a great day.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  5. Oh, that is so pretty! Love the red leaves. I don't know a thing about tree planting. But kuddos to you for replanting twice! You must be doing something right.

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  6. That is beautiful, I love those trees. We had one at our other house. We still have a tree in the back that isn't finished shedding yet.

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  7. What spectacular fall color! Heavy rain and wind made short work of our foliage this year but it was beautiful while it lasted.

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  8. That is a jewel of a tree with those colors, and hearty too. I heard you were having rain today so hope you were able to do your garden work first!

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  9. Such a beautiful tree. In a month when all you see are bare twigs and branches you can look at this lovely image and remember that spring will come again, and the beauty will return!

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  10. Stunning. What a vibrant shade of red. I can't wait until I see more trees like that here in Austin. Thank you for sharing. Here's to a wonderful weekend!

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  11. PRICELESS is right, Bonnie. The Japanese Maple is so gorgeous... Love that brilliant red color this time of year...

    Your hubby got a deal when he purchased that one!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. You have captured the light on the tree just right! I adore the red and Japanese maples, and have been taking lots of pictures of them! Hard to believe you could keep digging it up after it got to such a size, and it continues to grow and be healthy! Now I hope this is it's final spot? If you need to move it again, please send it here and I will pay the shipping!!

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  13. Beautiful AND resilient!! Now, that's the kind of combo that I truly appreciate. Plus, a bargain at $49!!

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  14. Oh, what a beautiful tree!!! That's great that it's thriving so well despite several transplants.

    And I loved your comment about your date with Montgomery Clift. I know he was gay or bisexual, but that doesn't change the fact that I think he was about the most beautiful man I have ever seen. (I also think Rock Hudson was beyond gorgeous, and he, too, was gay.)

    Anyhow, what a fun memory for you that he bought you a vanilla coke. I have never seen the movie Raintree County. It was actually during the filming of that movie that he suffered an auto accident that would dramatically alter his beautiful looks and keep him dependent on painkillers for the rest of his life. His face was SO changed by the accident that it makes me sad to watch his post-accident movies. Therefore, I've only seen 2 of his post-accident works.

    Anyhow, I hope you are well and that you have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs,
    Patti

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  15. That truly is one gorgeous tree. The colors of it's leaves alone are worth the money.

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  16. What a beautiful tree; great picture.

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  17. We absolutely love Japanese Maple. This was a great investment.

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  18. What a beautiful tree! I sure hope you don't have to move it again. :)

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  19. That's awesome! I would have killed it as soon as I brought it home. It's beautiful and one of my all time favorite trees.

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  20. That is one gorgeous tree. I admire them everytime I see them. I'm going to have to get one, one of these days.

    They just make me smile.

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