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It’s no secret that as far as gardening is concerned, I’m still a beginner. Or even less than a beginner. A nonstarter? A plant killer? Anyway, point is, I was a little fearful that the trauma my azaleas experienced earlier this spring might keep them from blooming. Which trauma, you might ask? This:
I mean, if 2,000 pounds of tree landed on top of me, I don’t think I’d be doing much of anything, either. But, it turns out, these beauties are a hell of a lot stronger than I ever anticipated.
Without the trees though, they are awkwardly placed around the back yard—seemingly without a reason as to why they were put in that exact spot. So, the plan is to eventually move them. They’ve done extremely well in the spots they are placed now, but replanting them along the fence line (where some of the bigger azalea shrubs are already doing quite well) will help to do three things:
- help me better plan the yard for future upgrades
- hide the metal fencing on the left (I’d like to eventually add some wooden fencing on that side, but it’s just not in the cards right now), and
- get out of Charlie’s way (and more specifically, the long leash that I have to use so that she doesn’t jump my fence)
I’m still finishing the overall plan for how to make everything work better together, but I’ll be able to share some of my ideas with you soon. I’ve been reading up on the best time to move the azaleas, so I’m thinking I’ll wait until the blooms fall away (or maybe the fall?) so that they can re-establish in plenty of time before next winter. I also have to figure out what to do with all of the new voids, which are currently throwing a backyard party for all the weeds (and various other debris, such as mulched pine stumps, pine cones, bits of landscaping fabric, etc):
In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy the show. Happy Monday!