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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

Rogerson Clematis Garden's Inviting Vines Tour

Clematis 'Chevalier' and Rose 'Golden Celebration'

Our garden will be featured on the Inviting Vines Tour this Saturday, June 10th from 11am - 5pm. There are a total of six gardens on the tour and you can also partake in a breakfast talk with Kym Pokorny, tour the Rogerson Clematis Garden, buy clematis at their on-site nursery and enter silent auctions. Should be a fun day for all!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. I LOVE the combination of the Clematis and the 'Golden Celebration' rose, Phillip. Thus far, the only clematis I've been able to keep alive here is C. terniflora. I hope the tour of your garden goes well - I wish I could attend!

  2. Goodness, how I wish I could attend a tour of your gorgeous garden!


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