The lowdown on Deshojo, Bulbs and Deer

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Deshojo Maple at Lakewold Gardens

Deshojo Maple at Lakewold Gardens

Japanese maples are the focal points of many South Sound gardens. The most common red ones are Crimson Queen and Everred. The most common green one is Viridis. The number of available varieties boggles the mind and there are some real stunners. Lately, DD has gotten a lot of questions about a Japanese maple that should be called, “audible gasp”. It’s “real” name is Deshojo. The largest of the variety grows at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood. The new leaves are hot pink. The summer color tends more toward reddish/brown. The questions surround the identification and the source for these amazing blazing maples. Few maples have this neon color so the identification is easy. Where to find one is another story and I wanted to find out why.

It seems the Deshojo or the newer improved variety called Shindeshojo are very hard to propagate. They do not take as easily to grafting as some others Japanese maples. Like everything else, rarity means a higher price tag. Whatever the price tag it’s worth it.

Bulb Infusion

All spring flowering bulbs should be planted by the end of October to get the best show and the best stem height. Tulips are an exception. They can be planted through November. If you wait too long to plant, stems on all the spring bulbs tend to be stunted. They don’t have enough time to settle and grow.That’s why the hyacinths look like groundcover if you plant them too late. When you’re ready to go, try using a heavy- duty hoe to plant the bulbs instead of one of the flimsy “bulb planters”. A few good whacks with a good short handled Bachi Gata Hoe makes bulb planting a breeze. Add a handful of bone meal and reap the rewards next spring. Bone meal has phosphorus that is essential for good, healthy, colorful plants. Bulbs planted upside down will right themselves so don’t stress about the “top or bottom” question. It doesn’t matter.

Oh, Deer

More and more gardeners are dealing with the deer dilemma. They’re cute…no, they’re pests…they’re interesting to watch…no, they’re eating my roses!Generally speaking, they’re cute UNTIL they start eating the roses. Let’s face it. A garden can be a real money pit if you love to buy and cultivate all kinds of plant. The thought of turning it into a salad bar for Bambi is more than a little disturbing.There is a terrific website for gardeners who are constantly on the search for deer resistant plants. Predictably, it is www.deer-resistant-plants.com.Bookmark it if you have deer problems. It even has cute deer pictures and good links to other sites addressing the problem.