This beauty is what I look at from my kitchen table.
My tree lovin' husband brought this Japanese maple home from one of our favorite nurseries about 15 years ago. It seemed extravagant at the time at a price of $90 for a three foot tall tree but what a beautiful addition to our yard! It has gorgeous dark burgundy leaves all summer creating a shady backdrop to the rest of the shrubs and then it seems to change overnight to this crimson red.
Like I said, better than roses! It's a gray November day and the rest of the trees have lost their leaves but this one is still in it's glory.