- Author: Jenni Dodini
Published on: September 17, 2020
You know how it goes when you own a home. Eventually, things wear out and need to be replaced. Last summer, during the horrendous heat, the air conditioner totally went kaput.
In the process of replacing the HVAC we decided to bite the bullet and get a solar system as well. That system was installed in the fall and in the process, we had to remove 2 trees. As the trees were bare at the time of the installation, the workers just cut away limbs, and then later on we had the trees cut down. Well, I really didn't pay much attention until I noticed that my rhododendron was suffering. Unfortunately, I don't think that I got it moved in time and am waiting to see if there will be any signs of life. (I'm not holding out much hope though.) Anyway, I neglected to pay attention to the fact that that particular area was going from afternoon shade to full sun all day.
Well, on to this year... The deck leading to the door was clearly at the end of its safe life. So, out it came. But what if the plants that were thriving (mostly) just below it?
The dead stuff shown is the leaves from the Naked Ladies - Amaryllis belladonna. Hopefully, you can see that they were just beginning to flower. Steve had already moved the potted hydrangea plants for me, but that left the plants to be dug up and moved, or sacrificed. Well, it took some doing but I got them andthedaylilies dugout.
Here is another bulb that I broke into 6 decent sized bulbs and planted with the bulbs I separated from the other big bulb. I checked on them today - 7/26 - and almost all of the separated bulbs had little flower stems showing! And I was just hoping that they would live.
Now, the oak leaf hydrangea and the Japanese honeysuckle who had to have roots cut are struggling, but I think I can coax them into staying alive until they can be moved back where they belong. I moved the mondo grass across town to my mom's and, (fingers crossed) so far, so good as I separated it into several plants.
Anyway, that's my short story on the impact of keeping my home up as relates to my garden. There's always something that will come up to require that I actually think about the effect of doing it in my garden.