When snow melts rapidly on a sunny day, the backlit water droplets provide a photographic opportunity. This is particularly the case in a garden, when the droplets are suspended from the lattice of tree branches.
Acer palmatum ‘Seiryu’, or ‘Seiryu’ Japanese maple, is an Award of Garden Merit recipient from the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society. Browsing through reports from Japanese maple enthusiasts, ‘Seiryu’ is a highly-desired cultivar–often finding its way into “top ten lists”. This is due in part to one of its unusual properties as a dissected-leaf selection of Japanese maple: it is upright-growing instead of cascading or weeping, allowing it to attain a height of approximately 7m and a spread of 4m.
‘Seiryu’ means “blue-green dragon” or “azure dragon”, a name with deep symbolism in Japanese culture. Perhaps one can imagine the leaves representing dragon claws or tails?
Just a short entry today. I’m prepping entries for my absence over the next couple of weeks, so hopefully all will run well while I’m gone (I think the image issue is resolved?). If you want to get a preview of what might be on BPotD when I return, follow the Garden’s social media sites like Instagram or Twitter. I think the Garden will be re-sharing pics I post from my personal Instagram / Twitter accounts.