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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

Seasons Greetings

Wishing everyone a beautiful holiday season and a great 2023!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. That's a beautiful display. Happy holidays, Phillip!

  2. Gorgeous and exuberant Christmas tree!
    And the 'Dirt Therapy' pillow... a nice touch!
    Merry Christmes

  3. Merry Christmas, Phillip and Michael. Your inside tree is as beautiful as your outside trees.

  4. Merry Christmas, Phillip! I hope you and your husband have a healthy and verdant year to come. Many thanks for the steady supply of eye candy and solid advice. So glad I stumbled onto Dirt Therapy!

  5. Merry Christmas to you both! I love that we have a white Christmas, even though snow might be easier to deal with than ice. Still, it does wonders for my holiday spirit! Cheers!

  6. Merry Christmas Phillip and Michael!!


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