When I got home the skies looked threatening. We heard that rain was coming, so I thought about the plants waiting to be put in the ground...then decided to get the job done. The picture below shows the area that I worked in. We had an old Mugho Pine that was half dead. It is the second one that we have tried in that spot. Not enough light, under the overhang,and quite near the River Birch. Nothing was going on underground. It was the same as when it was planted. No root system. So, I gave it the heave ho. I planted the purple coneflowers near the empty spot. My neighbor down the road has these in a completely shaded area and they do so well. These will get some sun and I am in hopes that they will multiply and do well...with some TLC.
Now speaking of River Birches. Who knew that they were a messy tree? Ours has grown so big and we do love it, but it drops those tiny little branches all over the yard. Joe used to complain about the branches all over, thinking they were from the neighbor's trees. He found out that it was our own tree doing this. After I got my jobs done and before it stormed, I picked up a heaping wheelbarrow of these tiny little branches. I had just done this a week ago, before the lawn was mowed. It seems that every time the wind blows, I can count on the yard being cluttered with this mess. I first rake and then scoop up and do the rest by hand. Back breaking work, but it looks so nice when it's done. I got everything done before the storm hit. We got a good soaking rain....such a good time for me to plant. I'm afraid to go out this morning and check on the ground under the River Birch. What will be waiting for me?