My husband and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this week. To commemorate our special day, I thought it would be a lovely idea to plant a little Japanese maple in our back yard. I'll always think of our 20th anniversary when I look at it.
We've wanted to add a Japanese maple to the garden for quite some time. It has been a few years since we had the scrubby bushes and chain link fence removed (see post here). We just haven't gotten around to landscaping yet. We have a blank slate to work with, which is nice.
The lady at the nursery said this maple -- a "Dissectum Viridis" variety -- needs plenty of sun. This maple isn't supposed to grow very tall. Rather, it is a wide, weeping type of Japanese maple. We may need to keep it pruned back, depending on how it grows.
I'm looking forward to watching our little tree grow over the years. I'd like to take a photo of it each year on our anniversary to see how much it changes. Hopefully I'll remember to do this!
Update, 10/28/15: The maple, a week later, is turning a beautiful yellow tinged with red. I love fall colors.