Sunday, 15 January 2012

Acer grosseri var "Hersii" Snakebark Maple

I love Japanese Maples in all shapes and sizes, and I have been growing them from seedlings for some years.

At the moment I have just five of these Snakebark Maples left for sale - apart from one in a pot in my own garden, and he's mine, mine I tell you! Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, Snakebark Maple for sale.

Here are my five plants for sale: numbers 1 and 2 have been pruned to form multi-stemmed trees or bushes, whereas 3, 4 and 5 have been left as single-stemmed specimens, which will grow into trees.

Once again, a demonstration of how hard it is to take photos of plants. In my defence, I would say that it was below freezing,  I couldn't remove the dead leaves from the pots as they were frozen to the soil, and it was far too cold to spend any time fussing around with the arrangement!

Mind you, my Guild have send out an invitation to a one-day course or Workshop on Plant Photography in April, and I am seriously considering taking a day off work - yes, it's a weekday, of course - to learn how to improve my photography. I can imagine a few of you out there nodding your heads and saying "good idea..."

Has anyone else been on this sort of workshop? Does it help? What I don't want is to be told that I have to buy an expensive camera in order to get good garden pictures....

Do let me know if you've even been on a garden photography course, I'd love to hear about it.


  1. I obtained a couple of seeds for snake bark some 25 years ago, as a result of the harsh winter and the prolonged frost I lost one (trained as a bonsai) with a trunk about 3 inches thick (I am old) fortunately I still have one - just.

  2. Oh, well done you!

    Not for losing one in the frost (sorry to hear that - I lost dozens of plants over this winter), but for maintaining the other one.

    And from growing from seed in the first place!

    I love growing trees from seeds, it feels like so much more of an achievement than growing a perennial, doesn't it?


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