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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

Wednesday Vignette

The amaryllis finally blooms, after the holiday of course. I have never gotten them to bloom in time for Christmas. This one seemed to be especially slow but they are always worth the wait.
Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. This is a good photo. It is almost 3D. I feel like I could touch it. I agree that these blooms are worth waiting for. I know a lady that kept them for her garden. She had a space full of them blooming in summer. Also a pretty sight.

  2. Beautiful bloom!

    How are you (and your garden) faring in the below normal temps?

    Happy New Year!

  3. What a gorgeous closeup of an Amaryllis, the color is so rich. Some year I'm going to try growing them.

  4. Beautiful! Maybe next year I will get one.

  5. A beautiful flower, indeed. I usually let the bulbs recoup in the garden over the summer, and they quickly adjust to their non-forced state. They seem to want to bloom in April or so, naturally. Anyway, they are so lovely, I'll take them whenever they are ready. :)

  6. Gorgeous! Will you be able to plant this outside? I was surprised when I found I could plant potted amaryllis in my Alabama garden after they bloomed, and they would come up and bloom the next year! Just catching up with your previous post, and your garden is looking good.I love your choice of the Katsura tree! Best wishes for 2017!

  7. Oh that's gorgeous. I just bought one of that color for the garden (50% off!). Here outdoors they bloom in April.

  8. Just lovely! Mine has been extra slow too, but now I can see the petals, so it won't be too long now. I think I bought Apple Blossom this time.


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