For the love of trees

For having as many allergies as we all do, we have a contradictory love of plants, trees, and gardening in general. Every Fall I’m outside planting tulip or daffodil bulbs in our front garden bed, and every Spring we are planning out the herbs and vegetables we will plant for the season. In addition to that, in our new house we have a tree line at the back of our property as seen here:

Which was the main reason we picked this lot. After moving in we have gone back and forth about what trees to plant in the yard (besides the two that came standard with the house). Both B and I favor maple trees (specifically Japanese Maples), and cherry blossoms are one of my personal favorites. This past weekend we finally took the opportunity to head out to one of our local nursery’s to look around:

 

And in our true fashion of making any large purchase, we talked with one of the employees at the nursery for fifteen minutes and took pictures of the labels for each tree we liked:

And then came home and B made a spreadsheet so we could visualize what each of the trees would look like at full bloom in summer and with Fall foliage. I think we have settled on four total trees. In the front of the house we are planning on a smaller maple for the front garden bed (Either the Shaina, or Skeeters Broom) that will look distinctive, without getting too big and hitting the gutters. In the back yard we are planning on two trees in one corner (we are leaning towards the Japanese Maple Emperor I for both), and then the other corner we are going to complement the one maple that was planted with the house with a Okame Cherry Tree. The cherry tree does not have a warranty with it, so it’s always good to check your local nursery for this kind of information and when the best times are to plant trees in your area.

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