Thursday, February 26, 2009
Pacific NW Flower and Garden Show
They are the mascots of Newport Hills--those Japanese maples which sit at the bottom of every driveway. Were they standard issue with each new home in the 1960s? When I first arrived here 15 years ago everyone let theirs "go flop" and unpruned--the lacy fine cut leaves hanging to the ground and creating an excellent shade umbrella for cats, small dogs and children in mid-summer. It got to looking like everyone had their own Cousin Itt with red-highlights stationed to keep guard over their front yard.
Now the trees are getting older, bigger, and we're getting much more sophisticated in our pruning techniques. As you can see, this did not escape the eye of one of the major contributors to the PNW Flower and Garden Show last weekend.