Broke down under temptation…

Broke down under temptation…

...and bought two varieties of japanese maple seeds from Commonwealth Plants. All the maples you see in the stores are grafted, because maples do not come true to seed. So what I've bought is 50 seeds of exploration into the unknown. What you do get with the seeds is the name of one parent, the one that produced the seed. All the maples are open pollinated, so the seed may be crossed with any of the other maples that were con-currently blooming. I bought 25 seeds from Acer palmatum dissectum "Viridis" and 25 seeds from Acer palmatum atropurpureum. They arrived in the mail today, and more than half of the atropurpureum were already sprouting! So my lunch hour was spent putting the sprouting seeds in pots, and an hour after work putting the rest to pots. Fifty maples is a LOT of seeds. I can't wait to see, through the next few years, what I have and how they perform in zone five. Winter hardiness, spring color, summer color, fall color... Ought to be an interesting journey.
You all were right.

You all were right.

Pear trees!

Pear trees!

Garden Inspiration?

Garden Inspiration?

Garden configuration.

Garden configuration.

Plant Identification

Plant Identification

Butterflies

Butterflies