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!