Red Maple Tree Update
Truthfully, I can't remember right off hand when we bought the red maple, but it was in the fall when trees were on sale. It took a few years for it to get established and really start putting more growth to the top of the tree. Even that first fall though, the leaves turned a bright red/orange and it was a sight to see.
Not this summer, but last summer we put some tree food stakes in around the tree and watered it a lot because we were having a dry summer (I think it was like 80+ days without rain). It must have sparked it to put on some new growth this year because look at it now!
You may not be able to read the text in the photo, but the image on the left was from 2012, while the one on the right is from 2014. Actually 19 October 2014. Looks like our red maple has a bit of a lean to it, but I think it was a little windy when the shutter clicked. I just looked at it and it seems a little more upright. That is the direction our prevailing winds come from though (SSW).
Next project, if I can get to it soon-ish, is to transplant some miniature daffodil bulbs from a wooden planter circa 2001 to a new one. They've been surviving in the planter, but they need to get some breathing room, so I'll be separating out a few and putting them in two new planters.
After that, I need to get out and trim back my roses, as well as prune some of the other bushes like the lilac, azalea, and trim off the old growth on the irises.
I didn't get a picture taken of the garden this year before we pulled up most of the plants. Tomatoes were done around the first of October, and we had a good crop of acorn squash, green peppers and hot peppers. I've just about decided to give up on kohlrabi in our garden. That and turnips are off our list as successful plants in the Kitsap garden.