Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The thing about having unplanted plants on your hands is that you have to plant them. Sooner is better than later. But since the soil around my house is hard and unforgiving, dirt had to be imported. Also, it occurred to me that I might want to bring the twin palms with me if I ever move. And since half wine casks were on sale for about $20 apiece, it seemed like a good idea to invest.

The long-suffering Rob took the money and ran – well, drove carefully – to the Big Town and came back with the back of his truck full of dirt and wine casks (which helped to hold down the tarp and keep my investment from flying away down the highway).

All I had to do was shovel the dirt and roll the wine casks around. He even drilled holes in the bottom for drainage.

After rolling one of the palms around on a dolly I borrowed from Mark (who is doing fine so far), I decided to put one near the daisy tree in the middle of the yard:

And one at the front of the house. It had occurred to me one day as I was driving home that there was no particular reason that I couldn’t grub up the huckleberry tree in the front of the house and replace it with a palm.

At the time, I didn’t realize that this involves borrowing a heavy iron pointed thing, like some kind of medieval weapon, and piercing the root ball of the bush repeatedly before yanking it out of the ground, which led to borrowing gravel from Mark. But it also led to Mark filling in the trench in front of my house from the great water project last year, thus avoiding a Calamity Suzy incident. You will be pleased to hear that I removed the berries from the bush before uprooting it (though this led to further berry picking, temporarily diverting me from the palm tree planting at hand).

So, yeah: the huckleberry bush was out, the dirt was smoothed over with gravel, and I was ready to place the palm:

I think it makes a nice entranceway to the house:

That’s Rob’s trusty truck, temporarily in the background.

I hope the twin palms are happy in their new home. As for the bamboo, I have placed it at the corner of the house, right outside the shower window:

I’m hoping it will grow a bit more and give me a tropical oasis feeling while I’m in the shower. At least I can see the palm from there. I have to say, it’s quite exciting, being the proud owner of not one, but two palm trees.

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5 comments on “Wednesday, September 14, 2011

  1. Mike Charbonneau

    Gorgeous casks (and plants too)! Can you keep your plants out all year round?

  2. Suzy

    I just realized you can see an old (weathered) cask on the left of the first picture!

    Yes, we leave them out all year. Moving them would be pretty hard, and I have nowhere to put them inside. I do bring in the orchids when we get a frost warning or hard freeze, but everything else can survive the winter outside.

    I didn’t expect that snow in February – ended up with some brown frostbite spots on the orchids. But they still were beautiful!

  3. Guy Charbonneau

    Great job on your plants, I certainly think they enhance any area but you did a good job with your recent finds, they look superb just where they are.

  4. Joy Fielder

    The plants look very exotic…..very nice. I wonder if that iron bar that you found might have something to do with a Survey? We have a few iron bars around our property, but we are not allowed to remove them!!

    In the meantime, Enjoy your plants- it looks like you are beginning an oasis


  5. suzy

    No, the iron bar was some tool Rob had. I also borrowed a pick from my brother. I still have to give them back!

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