Greetings all, While I've perused these forums for the last couple of years looking for advice and tips, I think I am now fully addicted to Japanese maples and will become a more frequent lurker and commenter. I got started with Japanese maples about three years ago, the folks at Eastwood Nurseries have been dear friends for over 30 years, and as fascinating as the two of them are, their greenhouses and the trees around their houses are almost equally a pleasure to visit with. Henry and Francie set me up with a few of their personal choices, a Mikawa yatsubusa, Olsen's Frosted Strawberry and Shu Shidare. These have been in large pots around my water garden patio and have been great to ease me into the hobby. I've learned how to prune and shape my trees as well as general care. The Shu Shidare and Olsen's Frosted Strawberry have just been planted into the ground, along with ten of the thirteen plants I've just purchased from Eastwood Nurseries. The other three, Shigitatsu Sawa, Shishigashira and Sister Ghost will find homes in pots to replace the new patio gaps. The rest of the collection: Aconitifolium O isami Ariadne Beni kawa Kamagata (2) Jiroh shidare Murasaki kiyohime Purple Ghost Omure yama All now in the ground and mulched, awaiting the magic of mother nature. As my handle might indicate, my other passion is orchids. Currently about 50 plants spread across perhaps 10 genera. I'm rather enjoying the combination of maples and orchids to both tax and reward me. Questions, asks for advice and general conversation forthcoming. Happy autumn!