It’s my 3 Tuesday in a row that I’ve taken off to work in the yard and the weather hasn’t co-operated. As Gary Dobbs morning weather guy for Channel 31 in Huntsville says, it’s was a damp, dark, drippy, dreary, and dismal day. If I got it wrong I hope he corrects me. The temperature only got up to 50 at my house today and it’s been a damp bone chilling overcast day.
I tackled my in the wrong place mockorange today. I dug several smaller plants up and then tackled the remaining ones with the loader on my John Deere. One I was able to dig out and took down to a sunny area in the lower forty as I call my bottom 3 acres behind the house and dug a hole with the loader and planted it. Hopefully it is as tough as the little limb it came from years ago. The ones I couldn’t get to with the loader without crushing nearby azaleas, I hooked a chain to and pulled out.
The three hooligans kept converging on the area I was digging in checking for mice and just for the sake of getting in the way. I carried several of the stumps to a burn pile dodging heirloom daffodils along the way. I still have a pile of limbs and a couple of more stumps to haul yet, but after crushing a couple of the daffs backing away from the pile, I thought I’d wait a while longer to do it.
The mockorange I’ll plant along a pathway to my meditation circle of star magnolia’s with a sugar maple in the middle. When the maple gets tall enough to shade the area, I’ll put a bench under it.
After making a muddy mess of the area and my tractor, I hauled a couple of loads of rotten sawdust in to spread around the remaining hosta and azaleas. I have five Gibraltar azaleas and several White Christmas hosta that I plan to plant in the area. They’ll like it much more there than the mockorange did. It was a chore that I should have been done several years ago, but having the loader made work a whole lot easier.