Today was freezing cold with a high of only 45 degrees and windy! It was my first day off after a grueling three days in three different ICUs (I'm orienting to a new job as a float pool ICU nurse). Well, with no laundry or dishes to do, I decided to go to Home Depot to buy yet another. damn. plant. Seriously guys, I need an intervention. I talked to the staff as they were hurriedly moving plants inside due to the upcoming freeze, and I was turned down at the thoughts of planting a Juniper into a pot. Not only that, but I couldn't find a good pot to contrast with the deep blue color of the foliage. I had just about given up hope that I was buying anything, when a group of twigs caught my eye. I walked over to these bare sticks and knew I had to have one. Lo and behold, a tag with a beautiful Japanese Maple, Inaba Shidare, was attached to one of its branches. I lugged it to the checkout counter along with a 14" terra cotta pot and took it home.
It looks absolutely awful right now, but there are tons of little baby buds just waiting to burst out. I sent a picture to my friend Brittany and the response I got back was "You bought a twig." Well, you're dang right I bought a twig! You can't see it from the picture, but the trunk is very green with some rich purple coloring to it. Can it be April already?