Believe me these Hydrangeas look 100 percent better than they did before the pruning. Sadly I realize that there is no way the Japanese Maple will be coming back to life. I pushed against the trunk only to see that the ground all around it moves as if the roots have all rotted. My husband offered to take it out for me, but I secretly want to do it myself, so I told him we'd wait to do it. It's not that large of a tree that it would cause damage or injury if it decides to fall over on its own. Besides knowing me I'll be taking it out before Christmas is here, maybe even before the end of the week. As I mentioned in previous posts this is our second maple to die here, the clay ground is just too wet here during the winter and spring and the roots just don't have a chance. The other plants seem to thrive in the soil, so once this tree is out no more trees will go in its place.
I think this garden will be the first place to get worked on in the spring since it's the garden that is right in front the front door. The window that is seen in this picture is where the computer is so I look out at this area often. I'm already excited to get out there and start digging but for now I'll keep working on the plan. And lets see how long it takes before I'm showing pictures of the area after I take the tree down.
I know that if I don't get out and work in the garden on days that it's not too cold and not raining that this winter will feel very long. I enjoy having an excuse to get outside and see what's happening up close and personal.