We got out in the garden today for the first time in a loooooong time. Several years ago we planted some perennial salvia in front. I did not realize how absolutely enormous these things got. They completely overwhelmed the area AND they crept. While the plants are very pretty, they were completely inappropriate for this area in our garden. I've been meaning to move them for years and finally got around to it today.
You may think, "How simple! Just dig them up, dig another hole in the new location and voila!" But you'd be neglecting (thank you Mr. Gallagher for introducing me to that word) our drip irrigation. KC put it in 6-7 years ago and since then, we have put several layers of mulch down, not to mention the roots that have grown all around the lines. In order to avoid severing the line with an errant shovel blade, I had to dig up the entire line to locate all the drip heads. In some places, they were 6-8 inches under the surface and in some cases roots as large as an inch in diameter had gown over it.
It took me the better part of the morning just to uncover that mess. By the time I got around to actually transplanting the 3 original plants, it was almost noon. I specified the three original plants because there were at least 3 others which had popped up over the past few years. They were not as established and when I attempted to dig them up, they kind of fell apart. Therefore it was pointless to attempt to transplant them.
Regardless, we brought the 3 plants into the back yard and planted them under our bedroom window. The area has been mulched with triple shredded hardwood mulch pretty much every year, sometimes twice a year, since we put the swing-set in when Delaney was 2 or 3. I must say, that is some of the nicest dirt in the state! However, all the plants in the neighborhood got the memo and sent roots down to take advantage/ It was not as easy digging as it should have been.
It took some doing but we did get them planted. Once they take root, they should fill in nicely and if they don't, oh well, we'll just dig them back up and toss them. They couldn't stay where they were. Now we just need to decide what we will plant in the empty spot in the front of the house. Time for a trip to Garden Supply!
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