I was quite in love with my Japanese Maple, until Pete8 posted his pics! How beautiful Pete8, I have complete garden envy.
My front garden is next years project, when we moved in we made the front garden 'easy maintenance'. It has the maple, a tiny acer I bought from a garden centre 3 years ago - I think it' still the same height today as it was back then - a berberis, a forsythia and a mildew covered minature willow. I am hoping to get the willow out this year and replace it with a Magnolia Stellata instead.
So, please excuse the slate chips and the bland state of my front garden, but even so, I still love my maple tree