I was going to blog about moving plants, but I'm just so happy it rained I'm having trouble thinking about anything else.
Long ago, I read that the best gardens are those in which plants have been moved, often several times, to create the best look. It puzzled me at the time--can't an expert gardener get it right the first time? Now that I've gardened a while, I find myself moving plants more and more, trying to get it right.
Hey, you with the food. Move some food into this pond!
We received a prediction of showers possible late this week, so I set about moving a few shrubs, expecting not rain (won't get fooled again!) but several days of cool, overcast weather to reduce the stress of the move both for the mover and for the moved.
Foliage washed clean of dust...ahhhh!
I moved a couple of the 'Green Tower' boxwood at the end of the Ligustrum hedge because the boxwood looked awful--on the amount of water they get they do far better in shade. I replaced them with a couple more Ligustrum, extending the Ligustrum hedge. It makes far more sense. Took me years to figure that out.
New Ligustrums, grow babies, grow!
They have some catching up to do with the rest of the hedge.
One boxwood went in the spot where 'Austin Griffins' Arctostaphylos was. Yeah, I moved that:
Then the rain started. And stopped. But it started again. And went on. And overnight there was a heavy shower. And then another in the morning. And another.
Flowers and branches flop over from the weight of water. You know that, when you live somewhere that gets frequent rain. Here, we forget.
Raindrops are jewelry for plants.
The barrels filled. The soil was wet. We must have gotten a half-inch of rain, at least.
There were puddles!
Huh. What was it I was blogging about?