is now is……
A magnificent Florida Oak,that was this close to qualifying for Grand Status,according to the tree company, is now this…
But on an up note,the Oak Leaf Hydrangea seems to have weathered the storm…
A little battered,but none the less,still alive.
The Alabama Azalea,Rhododendrum alabamensis,I bought in Tallahassee,may not be so fortunate.I cannot find it in all the mess.
But,all the orchids made it!
I think…one I haven’t found yet….
Including all of my Dad’s!
The tree people were wonderful in helping me find them,under this massive tree,and move them to safety.
Not only did they dig up plants and put them in pots,for me,they also moved all my rooted cuttings!
The Banana Shrub…
They moved the Tea Olives,the Stokes Asters,and the Blackberry Lilies,and numerous other plants.
I heart those guys!
Not only were they young,in great shape,and sweaty……but they moved my plants,for me!
Please don’t tell me they probably thought they were helping an old lady out!
Tomorrow,they return to remove the rest of the tree and the root ball.The pool is slowly collapsing,but the pool contractor has been here and is in the process of drawing up plans.
Which,hopefully,will include a waterfall with a raised garden bed,for Miss Emma’s Garden.
At least,the lubbers won’t be able to get to the Queen Emma Crinum inside of a pool cage!
The plans include the pool to be screened in,with pocket gardens,so that some of the shade loving plantings can be moved there.
On a side note,when I inquired about planting a new tree,I was told that if I want to plant a protected species-I would really like another Florida Oak-,according to code(at least,in Hillsborough County),it has to be a minimum of 20 feet from a swimming pool.
If you wanna find me,I’ll be hanging out in our local nurseries.
…For quite a long while….