During April 2018 I will be blogging about my memories as MOM OF 6 from A to Z . These challenge posts will also be found at Random Thoughts and Tender Mercies http://marcysrandomthoughts.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 11, 2014

Japanese Maple

Japanese Maple Tree
My Garden from A to Z

The previous owners of our home planted a beautiful Japanese Maple tree right in front of my kitchen window and next to our front door.  It is a gorgeous plant with light lacy green leaves in the springtime that turn brilliant crimson red in the fall.  During the winter months as the snow melts off the roof, beautiful icicle formations are created  on the maple's branches by the freezing dripping water.  The pictures here don't do it justice. 

Some years when Easter has fallen in mid to late April we have taken a few of the soft, lacy young leaves and wrapped them around our Easter eggs, holding them tightly in place with a piece of sheer nylon stocking tied on each end with a rubber band.  The we dye the eggs, creating fun lacy masterpieces.  

Unfortunately the tree was planted too close to the house, and especially too close to the entryway.  Over the past few years we have had to prune and trim away the branches next to the porch, leaving the view from the doorway a bit bare and not quite so beautiful.  So, if you have the chance to buy and plant a beautiful Japanese Maple, take care to  plant it in a location where it will have plenty of room to grow and display its true loveliness.  But I still love the Japanese Maple!


  1. Hi Marcy .. what fun .. but a pity they didn't plant it a little further away from the house and front door .. I love the idea of coating the eggs with their leaves before dying them different colours .. very inventive!

    Cheers and they have the most marvellous of Autumn colours .. Hilary

    1. I'm not sure if we'll dye eggs or not this year since most of the kids are older and out of state, but the leaves are just about the right size to use this year. Maybe I'll just have to dye some myself this year!

  2. I also planted the maple too close to the house ... then my dad accidentally ripped it out ... it wasn't much of anything anyway. Next time I'll know better, thank you! I LOVE maples.

    Visiting via A to Z from Pass the Sour Cream. Co-Author (with my sons) of The Secret of Kite Hill.

    1. How sad about your maple tree. I love maples too!