Friday, April 21, 2017

Magnolia Blooms

 This wet & chilly spring weather has not given us much of a bountiful Spring bloom. Everything is delayed - some by weeks & some by a full month.

Mother Nature knows best.

Mother Nature is also messy...

My Star Magnolia in the back yard outside the kitchen window is a bit of a disaster. Well, this whole space is a bit of a disaster - which will soon be fixed up.

There were rotten cedar stumps along the fence line from a previous cedar hedge. The hedge was cut down years ago, but we just removed the stumps last week. Thankfully, they were rotten & came out easily. It revealed that there is a layer of soil on top of black plastic... I have some work ahead of me if I want to rejuvenate that 2 or 3 feet of space all along the fence line...

This Magnolia is in the front yard along a flower bed that we worked on last spring. We actually removed about 3 over-grown rhododendrons & pruned the Magnolia hard. The wee azaleas have yet to bloom & there is very little soil in which to plant this things just yet.

We will be working on this once the back yard is more under control - I have pots of bulbs & transplants from the back yard that I want to move into this bare & neglected space. It will first need to have some serious digging done - move the azaleas into more appropriate positions & hopefully dig up what we can of some horrid orange plastic that someone thought to lay down when originally planting things. What a disaster...

BUT, it will look so much better with a load of top soil & plants in a few months.

Once the weather warms up & dries up...

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