Monday, May 5, 2014

A Place For Plants To Heal

Today I thought I'd share a little project I've been working on.  Over the years, several plants have been purchased and planted in areas where they weren't in optimal conditions.  For whatever reason- poor soil, not facing the proper direction, not receiving enough sunlight, receiving too much sunlight- it became apparent that some plants needed a change.

A few weeks ago I started clearing a grassy area of our lawn and preparing the soil to transplant these plants, in hopes of offering them a healthier place where they can have a better chance at not only survival, but a chance to thrive.

(The vine maple was a tree that a friend was digging out and planning to take to the dump.  It's been about 3 weeks since we planted it and it looks very happy.)

(The picture just above is a before picture that was taken nearly 10 years ago when we first purchased our home.  It's incredible to me to see how much the camellia has grown!)

The area sits just outside our bedroom window (the same area from this post) and receives a good dose of sunlight.  Everything I planted was either a transplant from our yard, or a friend's yard.  I only purchased two things to add to the area; topsoil with added organic compost (good soil is a necessity, I believe) and a Russian Daphne shrub.

(The small patio and brick walkway are a work in progress)

It's packed full of small clumps of hosta, daylilies, yarrow, peonies, shasta daisies, euphorbia, bellflower, vinca, iris, hydrangeas, linaria, asters and a few others.

Some things may not survive.  Hopefully most will.  I typically shy away from transplanting, for fear of killing things.  But some of the plants looked so pitiful before transplanting them, I figured I didn't have much to lose.  I'm hopeful that with great compost, better sunlight and lots of my love, these plants will do well.  I can already see a happy improvement, particularly with the hydrangeas.  I encourage you to try your hand at transplanting, Spring and Fall are good times to do it, with most plants.  And let me know how it goes!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I had some azaleas in my front garden that never really thrived there. Last fall I finally moved them to some spots with more dappled sunlight. They've only just started to bud, but they look so much happier already! I can't wait to see what this season brings.

    1. Sometimes, a little change is all we need :)