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Bright and sunny after a frost here, too.
It's not a brilliant idea with acer palmatum as the smaller acers don't like hard pruning - it is much better to prune them gently and regularly. If you must prune wait until early spring.
Wonderful, Jean - and they're in lovely condition.
Every windowsill that I have is full to capacity with houseplants, plus a few extra shelves
I have seen a mature golden and green hedge locally - it seems to be doing fine.
Bright and sunny here in N Yorks. The ground is actually starting to drain at last, but there is still a lot of standing water in fields.
Probably the poor weather. The plants like a rich soil, and nutrients will have been washed away by the incessant rain, so they may have been hungry. Also, they like the ground well drained - some hope this year!
Treat them like you would a flower bulb - make sure that they are thoroughly damp when planted, and after that only water if they appear dry. You shouldn't have to do much watering as the rain should take care of it for you, but the pots (provided that they are raised from the ground) should drain better than your beds.
No, they should be fine in that volume of earth.
No, it shouldn't need food now, and you don't want to encourage it to grow more now as it'll go lanky.
There's also no need to prune it back in spring unless it is leggy - not everything needs pruning, you know!
Unfortunately, with an airborne fungus, it was always a matter of time. All that we can hope is that some trees are resistant.