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Almanac And Plant Tour

With temperatures in the forties, yesterday a brief rain fell midday. Walking through the garden afterwards was pleasant as the sun peeked in and out.

Plants are changing quickly, full of hope and promise in this early growth period, as they prematurely signal spring’s arrival. Weekend weather forecasts call for a low of 20 degrees on Saturday, 17 on Sunday and 28 on Monday.

Before the chill arrives, here is a close-up look around the garden.

Acer Rubrum – Red Maple

The garden’s red maple is probably six or seven years old, one of a bundle of ten trees earned through joining the Arbor Day Foundation. Suddenly last year the red maple seemed to come into its own and nearly doubled in height, commanding notice. Mature height is fifty feet; roots can spread eighty feet. Not really room for that in this small garden.

The deer have stopped gnawing on it.

Twigs are reddish on this tree. By the weekend a half-dozen red flowers had opened.

Family: Sapindaceae
Genus: Acer
Species: A. rubrum
Binomial name
Acer rubrum

Red Maple 2-27-2011