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Moving Schipka Laurel for Rhododendron 'Loderi King George'

Picture it - a 6 ft. tall Schipka Laurel used to stand here (I forgot to take a "before" shot and don't feel like searching for one).  I knew when I planted it that it was probably a bad idea but thought it would be good for a fast-growing screen along the back fence-row. I'm sure all gardeners do this, especially if you have a new garden and are eager for greenery. In all fairness to the laurel, it is a useful plant and I would argue even a beautiful one when nicely maintained. Before I dug this one up, I stood back and admired it and felt the guilt pangs stabbing at my heart.  I removed a much larger laurel than this a few years ago and they are not the easiest plant to dig out. I was determined to save this one and I believe I was successful.  Here is a thought and you can take this to the bank - the pot you choose to hold a plant that you dig up will ALWAYS be too small. Always!  So, after finding the largest pot I could, here it is, after being cut back pretty dr

Lily "Stargazer"

"Stargazer" lily - one of the best. This lily always blooms faithfully and it is mostly in shade. I used to grow it in a pot but transplanted it years ago to the ground. It now grows in our little vegetable garden.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. This is the kind of fireworks I like in the garden. I remember how wonderful they smell and how horrible they can stain a white shirt.

  2. So beautiful. I agree with comment above about the fireworks.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your lilies! Our deer may like our lilies more than our hostas -- there were buds on them 2 days and ago and now they are nibbled to stems only. Oh well, at least we can rejoice in yours. Best to you!

  4. Beautiful photo! And is that a bee in the corner of the picture? I don't think I've ever seen a bee visit a lily. Maybe it just landed there for a rest? :)

  5. I have a few of these and I love to bring them inside as cut flowers. They smell wonderful! Yours are great. Any takers on your home yet? Have a great week!

  6. Gah! It's so pretty! I keep saying that I need to plant a few lilies, and this really convinced me. Gorgeous.

  7. Love these lilies...yours are gorgeous!


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