I had thought it would be at least a nod to Southern gardening etiquette or something, to dig out and transplant those azaleas in another part of my shady yard. But, oh my! Have you ever tried to dig out a very large azalea bush and maintain a decent portion of the spreading roots while getting scratched and poked by outstretching branches? It is not fun. At all.
After I muscled the first bush out, I thought a change of pace would help, so I took my shovel to the area where the bushes would be transplanted and tried to start digging a hole. Anticipating that I would be doing that this week, I had watered that area very well a couple of days ago. That should have made the soil nice and soft, easy to dig. Right? Well, it didn't. I could barely stick my shovel in two inches. The thought of digging several large holes to transplant these azaleas was rather disheartening. Of course, I do have
Here's how it looks now.
And now, I'm hitting the books. Southern Living Gardening. Taylor's Master Guide to Landscaping. The Well Designed Mixed Garden and scads of old copies of Fine Gardening magazine. I have a very large mug of tea beside me and my garden notebook. Freed now of those overgrown azaleas, I'm dreaming....