Some of you may remember that I bought 10 witch hazel shrubs in the spring and that instead of planting them in the ground I put them in gallon containers. There they remained, flourishing, growing larger, despite fighting off gypsy moth caterpillars and various other nibbling critters. It was cold and rainy all week, but today was simply just right for planting them into the ground. All week I’ve been considering the best place to put them, where they won’t interfere with the view out back or be too near the well or septic tank, or become inconvenient for mowing. I decided along the southern side of the yard, along the fence, with the row ending not far from the front ditch. I worried at how difficult it would be to dig into the dense sod that covers every available surface here. Thankfully underneath that thick sod layer is a sandy soil. It took 4 plunges with the shovel for each spot and the square sod lifted out easily. The holes were deeper than needed so I filled them in with the sand I shook out of the sod. That was by far the most difficult part of planting them, shaking the heavy sod to get the dirt –and many, many worms — out of it to put into the hole after putting each witch hazel into it. I did the first 5, then finished digging the other 5 holes before taking a much-needed break. An hour or so later, I went out and finished. Easy peasy! My rewards? The biggest one is getting them planted and now not worrying about it anymore. You’ll have to wait until the end of this post to see what the others are.
from a leafless twig to this beauty in 6 months. can’t wait to see them next spring!
not the greatest shot but this is the row of 10 that have been planted
the row is near where the asparagus grows. as you can see the asparagus has gone to seed
A short video showing the pollinators going ga ga over the profusion of chamomile in the yard. Also a few yard gee gaws you might enjoy.
And now, a mega surprise reward from a mission accomplished:
This brown (DeKay’s — #15 at the link) snake was right outside one of the doors, next to my car. He/she was in a straight line when I happened upon him/her. I touched his/her tail and no movement so I ran in to get my phone/camera. By the time I got back, he/she had crawled under my car. I pulled him/her out and he/she curled up like that, which is just right for a pic. Guessing this little guy/gal is about 9-12″ long. (Notice pine needles near him/her.) I had to leave for an appointment an hour later and made sure to look closely under the car so as not to hurt snakey.