Ahh, to be Young

And have all the color and vibrance of youth. To have dreams and aspirations of growing big, strong and worthy. Setting roots to make a home to shelter others.

Tag Along Thursday takes us to the tree nursery to see the youngsters in fall. You have seen the big park trees.

Well, these little maples have big plans and will someday find their little corner of the world. They will find a squirrel family or robin’s nest to house. They will fill an ecological niche somewhere, spreading their seed and creating an underground network of roots.


They will stand proud to frame and shade a home, line a driveway, landscape a business or if really lucky, grace a park, like we have seen at the New York State Parks.

“Oh, to be the pampered Bloodgood Japanese Maple”, say the Crimson Kings.  They rival in color, but when the color fades, suffer malignity for dropping leaves to rake. No one frets the little maples leaves, especially the Laceleaf.  Their leaves curl and fade away nicely, same with the helicopter seeds. The big maples have this against them too.

Look at the little show-off above. Outshining its neighbors in vibrance.

Little Cutleaf getting ready for a permanent home.

Maybe orange is more your speed.

And we can not forget Burning Bush. The Autumn star of the shrub world. How would you like a glowing hedge like this at your place, especially backed by the young spruce. Is that not screaming Christmas? If not, let the holly shout in your ear.

Here is an aerial image of the farm. It is very large, and in one of the most fertile areas in Western New York. The deciduous nursery trees are out of this image to the right. Here you can see rows and rows of young spruce, pine, and fir. This image was shot at Christmas time. The long red diagonal line is the boom of  a construction crane. It has a Christmas tree dangling on the end, high in the air.

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18 Responses to Ahh, to be Young

  1. How cool. The farm is beautiful at this time of year.

  2. How beautiful! I wish we could grow the burning bush here. I love it, and all the wonderful maples too. Our best maple here is probably Drummond Red Maple, but even it doesn’t really give us that brilliant color. We get the red in the spring, with the red flowers. You’re making me miss real fall!

    • We do not always get these beautiful color changes. It is so weather dependent. I remember living in Pennsylvania come fall. It was so reliable down their. Same when I lived in New England for a year.

  3. Christine B. says:

    Seeing nurseries like that just makes me sick…to live a nursery deprived life in Alaska. Oh, we have nurseries, but nothing like the ones in your pictures. Insert a sob here, and you’ll about have my mood about it.

    Christine in Alaska, feeling sorry for self

    • Bite your tongue. Some of us down here would love, love, love to live in Alaska. Next to New Mexico and Utah, Alaska, these are my dream states for the beauty that is all around – just about every where you look. And the wildlife… heaven. Well I could get a little peeved by garden invading moose and trash raiding bear, but, I guess you learn to put up with some problems just to see them each day.

  4. Bom says:

    I wish I could grown the burning bush here. For a change of color. So season appropriate too.

  5. One says:

    Hi Donna, Love those trees. They are bright and colorful, nothing like what we have in a tropical country. Over here, the trees are either green or dead. 🙂

    The Burning Bush and Hollies really stand out. Thanks for sharing those beautiful shots.

  6. Karen says:

    All those beautiful trees, makes me wish I had more places to plant them. The colors are so rich and that little cutleaf maple is so…words fail me….gorgeous. The burning bush and the holly are great, too. Excellent post!

  7. Donna that was some colour fix you gave me this breakfast time – I loved it.

    Are these trees growing straight into the ground? as I saw some that looked like that while others seemed to be heeled in with netting around the rootball. What about root damage when they are being taken out of the field especially the more established trees – are the roots netted and then containerized?

    • Hi Rosie,
      The one really red maple by itself is healed in. These are plants that are sold and ready for the install. They are in the holding bed.

      The rest are planted. Some will be dug with a tree spade in a week or two. I am going to video the guys and take lots of photos of the process. They are going to hand dig some, and I will get those photos as well. When a large, young tree is removed by tree spade, up to 95% of feeder roots can be removed. The tree is balled, burlapped and heeled in. The tree begins to immediately replenish the feeders. That is why you see so many trees root bound, with roots encircling the containers.
      Donna

  8. Well, this is a very impressive nursery Donna. Lovely fall colors all planted in rows. There is something very exciting about planting a new young tree and then looking back over the years you will have grown together. Love the Cutleaf . . . if that is your choice. I have one here that is like an old friend. It too was young once. ;>)

  9. I love the cutleaf in Japanese style gardens the most. I appreciate their form and the way they cascade if properly trimmed. They look great gracefully embracing lakeside, a island focal point with a skirt of water, or hugging rugged cliff side, a place where their form plays off the natural landscape. Opposites do attract. Boulders and rocks play off them texturally. Delicate and rough, divine.

  10. Ahh, bliss. I adore acers, particularly at this time of year. Spectacular colours!

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