On the way, I stopped at several stores to find a replacement trowel. None had one with the features I now have to have. I couldn't believe it. Not a single trowel with WI-FI, GPS, or location tracking. Go figure. (see the posting about the traumatic trowel incident). I guess I'll just have to tie a helium balloon to my next one.
I was successful at bagging quite a few Bottlebrush Grass and a few more Wild Ginger. I then set out to gain a few more Jack in the Pulpits. Alas - my eyes just aren't trained well enough to see these lurking amongst all the other growth. Had my patient native plant mentor, Jan been with me, she probably would probably have asked me to quit trampling all over them. Nonetheless, I proceeded to the front of the lot to organize my collection and WHAM....
|Plant Rescue Lot|
Arriving home, I first started to plant the rescues from Thursday night, and miracle of miracles. There in the bottom of the trash bag containing the first digs, was....THE TROWEL. Hallelujah! My beloved one piece cast aluminum, red rubber handled trowel. I guess I've got to somehow make up for wasting so much of my mentor's time the other night. Weeding? [Jan Hunter: Not sure if that is grounds for murder...]
Six hours of planting today. One of the Eastern Wahoo replaced a dead Viburnum in the front yard. But the Wahoo isn't looking so good. If it doesn't make it, I'll replace it with one of the others that I planted out in the back woods. Some of the False Solomon's Seal, Virginia Wild Rye, and Wild Ginger is helping to fill in a lot of the empty place still in the new front yard native bed. The rest of the plants went into various areas of the backyard.
Under cover of darkness, some unknown creature loves to dig up my new plantings. I've had to replant some 5 times before the creature leaves the new plant alone. This time I cut up some small pieces of hardware cloth and pinned these to the soft ground immediately surrounding the new plants. We'll see if that works.
Tomorrow - finish planting and rest. That dang critter better not dig everything up.