Acer palmatum dissectum
Acer palmatum Atropurpureum
These three acers are all in pots, at the bottom of the garden and effectively screened from the house by a miniature forest of boisterous bamboos and all manner of more traditional ever-greenery.
They form a backdrop to the thatched Breeze House (placed under the canopy of a huge Horse Chestnut tree, this is a cool place to sit and read, to eat and work in the summer months) and just now, though it is too cold to linger, the Acers are on fire!
I shan’t make it to Westonbirt Arboretum this year, but there is a little bit of the spirit of that place here at home – I’ve an Acer corrallina to bring home too, a large specimen – which will add even more drama to a chill, rainy November afternoon in years to come.