Thursday, May 21, 2009

Big goings on ...

Lots happening here today. I called my buddy, Juan, who sent his guys out to do a lot of heavy lifting garden work around here today.

First, they took down this huge cedar tree in our front yard. Heaven knows why, but the previous homeowner put a pretty mulch ring around it and pretended it was a real tree. Texans will understand that this particular cedar is a trash tree -- one that drinks all the moisture in the soil and robs other plants of water and causes our well-known cedar fever allergies. So -- off with her head!
Wish I had thought to take a picture FIRST, but you get the point and you can tell how big she was by the trailer full of tree in the background as well.

Then, on to digging and pruning. They guys dug the big holes and I stuck to the little ones! The Brug finally went into the ground -- you'll remember I dug her up from a spot that was much too hot for her and now she will live in partial shade. It's not shady there now, but in an hour or so, the oak tree behind her will shield her from the worst of the hot Texas afternoon sun. One of her babies, rooted from chopping off her head in the greenhouse last winter, also went in beside her.Also planted today (not by me) were two volunteer palms, the Mexican Bird of Paradise, the variegated agave from Tuesday's shopping trip, and three Blackfoot daisies. Dang -- the soil is just too darn dry here for me to get much into the ground and with tendonitis arms, it's that much harder. So, I just save up the big stuff sometimes and add those chores onto a job list when I call for help.
I planted a little Bulbine today -- two plants that have been waiting in the "hold indefinitely" area! This big one came in a plantable pot last summer and I finally got around to planting it in the ground because it was getting too hot on the table.
And this baby bulbine in a 6 inch pot found a home by the driveway. Cross your fingers that no one EATS them!

A couple more hours of work to go ... I'm going to go back out and supervise and prune and weed a little. Oh - and I have 5 day lilies, some caladiums, some irises and some succents to plant, too...boy...I'd better get to work!

12 comments:

Frances said...

Hi Diana, you are a wise woman to save the big stuff for the workmen. It is so easy for them and so dangerous for us. We need to stick with the little things. Sounds like you still have plenty to keep you busy though. I do admire the bulbines, love that color. Wish we could grow them as perennials here.
Frances

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Whew, I am worn out just reading about all this work. Can't wait to see what you do out front now that the tree is gone.

Diana said...

Frances -- Yep - I had to learn to accept my limitations, and I don't want to have them in the garden, so I call for help several times a year and just make a list. My DH helps me with stuff along the way, but today I got 3 guys all day, so we really cranked it out. Tomorrow -- weeding and planting in pots!

Lisa -- I was worn out watching them. I did the easy stuff. And I don't know what I am going to do with the tree gone. I have a vision for the corner of yard behind where the tree was -- big bed, giant agaves -- and not until late fall. It's too hot to do all of that now and baby it. I am not watering trees every day for a month and then every few days for several months by hand. I may post my idea and troll for suggestions from you!

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I agree with you about help, and understand the need for it! I still do quite a lot, but have degenerative discs and neck & back pain, etc. While I rely on my husband for some of the very heavy stuff, we hired some guys recently for some of the work we did in our back yard as we made changes to it. It was a big help to have them carry compost and rocks and stone, and dig holes, etc! I used to be able to do it all but unfortunately those days are gone
;-(

Diana said...

Jan -- Not to mention that even if I could do some of the things I have them do, it would take me FOREVER and sometimes I just want it all DONE. It's no fun when your back, neck, knees and arms give out, is it? But with some help, I can focus on the things I want to do myself. Too bad I can't find anyone to weed, though. They always end up pulling real plants. Guess I am stuck with that one!

Pam/Digging said...

I kind of like a solitary cedar tree if it has character, even though I have cedar allergies too. There are some nice ones on the grounds of the Natural Gardener.

But of course I understand and wholeheartedly support the desire to replace something you don't love with something you do! An agave bed sounds yummy, as you mentioned in one of your replies. Summer is the perfect time to plant them, even if you hold off on everything else.

Smart woman to hire out the heavy work. I'm learning from your example. ;-)

Diana said...

Pam - no character this one - just straight and tall ans too much shade and ugly. And gone! I suppose I could make the beds now and put in the Agaves and wait on trees for fall...but then I will end up with weeds where I have not planted, so...maybe I will wait. Besides, I need a "vision." Still waiting for that to hit me ;-)

Gail said...

I am all for getting help! We no longer paint and I have someone clean the gutters. It makes sense...
I don't have them plant my garden; that's where all the fun is! I am unfamiliar with bulbine and need to check it out...gail

Lancashire rose said...

I know cedars are not good when they are anywhere but at the cedar breaks but I would hate ours to go away. They give us so much privacy. You certainly got lots done and with the nice gentle rain tonight all your plantings will be really happy. Keep 'em well watered because it's going into the 90s next week.

Bonnie said...

I'm curious to hear if your bulbine get nibbled. I have had mine in my out-of-fence area for a test and they are getting nibbled a bit. Just seeing if the deer will get sick of them.

Diana said...

Bonnie -- I had them eaten out there before, but I've seen others plant them in open areas so I am trying again. (I sure hope you don't get to say I told you so!)

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

I've been working on reducing the number of plants in my holding areas. It would help if I stopped buying plants without any clear idea of where to put them! I hear you on needing help with the heavy labor. It's well worth it!

See you Thursday!