Originally Posted by Gilly
Ohhh thanks for all the pics and info
It looks lovely. Is the Japanese Maple the red leaves? That is really beautiful. It's a shame, but I don't have room for anything that big in my patch.
Actually, that one is quite large, and is probably 40+ years old. I'm pretty sure it was part of the original landscaping, much of which went through a probably longish patch of neglect, so many things that would ordinarily be small or moderate size have grown quite large.
|What is that purple tree? Again, the colours are so pretty it really stands out. Also, is that ALL lemonbalm by that fence on the left?
The purple "tree" is lilac, and it's a perfect example of that neglect/overgrowth, as it stands (or did before it started falling over!) probably 30 feet high. Normally a tall lilac would be maybe 10 feet or so. This one is quite dark purple, which does make it stand out nicely even at a distance. Often they are pale mauve or white. I'm glad ours is dark -- I like them best
Your California Lilac will be very lovely when it is in full bloom -- it's already very attractive.
But back to the Japanese Maple -- you'll often see them as bushes not more than two or three feet off the ground. There were a couple on either side of the front walk, where I lived when I had Shasta. She loved to hide under them to wait for me to come home at night, and was most put out one evening when I arrived soon enough to poke my nose in to see her before she could come out. Giving away one's hiding place is not allowed!
That patch that looks like all lemonbalm is not all lemonbalm. It's solid lemonbalm to the left of the lilac, and some other volunteer interspersed with the lemonbalm for the rest of the way. It will be more obvious later in the summer, when the lemonbalm gets tall (3 feet?) and the other doesn't.
I can't claim to be much of a gardener. Rob has the green thumb in the family, but I do enjoy the products of his labour, and I'm good for stuff like deadheading and pulling grass out of borders and watering. I agree it would be interesting to see other people's gardens.