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 on: November 05, 2017, 01:27:36 AM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
Another minor project .  .  .
September 17, 2017

The arrival of September means the leaves begin to fall from the trees.  From now until the cold weather arrives, I'll be spending time each weekend with the bag attached to the lawn mower grinding up what falls so I can spread it over my Random Curved Shape.   When October arrives, I'll have a lot of leaves and other debris to mulch.  But right now, it's not so bad. 

This week was a bit more intense than usual.  Hurricane Irma arrived in Florida as a Category 3 storm and made her way up the state's west coast.  By the time it reached the Georgia state line, it had weakened to a tropical storm.  Irma came through northern Georgia on September 11 bring light but steady rainfall and a day of gusty winds.  Trees were down all over the place in Athens.  But that was it for the most part.  My neighborhood actually fared pretty well.

The photos above and below are from a week after the fact and show minimal damage.  I had a few decent sized branches come down along with a lot of leaves and small debris, but that's it.  I'll have a good sized pile for the next Leaf & Limb Collection.

I believe the shrub in the photos below is an American Beautyberry bush.

It was in place when I moved in and continues to bloom beautifully each fall.  I have done nothing to it other than cut it back when it gets wild.

I see that the Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn shrub I moved last month has survived the ordeal, which is always good news.  I originally planted it directly in front of the house in March 2012 where it did ok, but not great.  I moved it to the mailbox area in April 2016 thinking more sun would be beneficial.  Even though it seemed like a good idea, it just didn't work.  It dropped most of its leaves shortly afterward, and then had to deal with an encroaching pampas grass plant.  So we'll see how this location works.  The key is that it survived the move !

Relocating the Indian Hawthorn meant I had to find yet another home for the small azalea that previously occupied that space.  Since I hacked all of the azaleas next to the driveway this past spring, a decent gap has developed in between two of them large enough to fit this small shrub.  This is the fourth, and hopefully last location for this little guy.  He's survived the three previous moves and seems to be doing fine after this move as well.

The Sky Pencil Holly I moved back in April hasn't fared nearly as well.  I originally had two of these shrubs planted beside my front steps.  One died over last winter, and the other, even though it survived, didn't look too healthy.  I tried moving it into a sunny area to save it.  That idea obviously didn't work.

Seeing the all-but-deceased Sky Pencil Holly today got me thinking.  I originally found the small volunteer Japanese Maple tree in the photo below in April 2016 buried in my side yard.  Not liking where it was, I moved it to a temporary home in the back yard until I could figure out what to do with it.  Removing the dead Sky Pencil Holly means I would have a vacancy in the front yard.  And if this tree grows at the same rate as the other Japanese Maple, running out of room shouldn't be a problem.  This sounds like a plan.

Out came the Sky Pencil Holly .  .  .

.  .  . and in went the volunteer Japanese Maple.

This location should work for the Japanese Maple provided that it doesn't grow too fast.  If it grows at the same rate as the Star Magnolia, all should be well .  .  .

 on: October 07, 2017, 11:22:45 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
It's been a great summer .  .  .
August 25, 2017

This is the time of the year when the summer bloomers do their thing.  I planted three crape myrtles back in 2015.  All of them are growing beautifully and have flowered each year.  The Purple Magic crape myrtle below has been the first to bloom each year, with this year being no exception.  

It began blooming in mid-June, and has now been sporting flowers for two months.  

The same is true for the Plum Magic crape myrtle.

The Plum Magic crape myrtle first started showing blooms in July.

For whatever reason, I don't have many blooms on the Crimson Red crape myrtle.  But it is blooming.

This is a pleasant surprise !  After moving the Chinese Snowball and Small Anise Tree from this location in 2015, I planted a Yucca Color Guard and a Joe Pye Weed in their place.

I have no idea if the Yucca is doing "well" because it looks exactly the same as it did when I planted it.  But the Joe Pye Weed looks pretty good.

The Joe Pye Weed didn't look too good last season.  I'm guessing that's because I didn't keep the soil moist enough.  With all the rain we've had this year, it looks like it's rebounded quite well, even if it is leaning significantly.

The Joe Pye Weed is said to attract butterflies and appears to be doing its job .  .  .

 on: October 07, 2017, 11:04:42 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
My first pampas grass bloom .  .  .
August 21, 2017

Well this is a wonderful surprise !

I was heading to work today and discovered a bloom on one of the Pampas Grass plants.  I originally planted all of them in the backyard, which was not one of my better ideas.  Pampas Grass likes full sunlight.  Over the past couple of years, I relocated them to the front yard where they seem to be happy.

Pampas Grass is pretty popular around here.  Most of the examples I see in this area are very large and covered with these feathery blooms.  I'm thinking that moving my plants may have slowed the growing/blooming process.  But now that one of them has become established, I'm starting to see blooms !

I've got one bloom !  It's not much.  But it's my first.  Hopefully, I'll have more in the future .  .  .

 on: October 07, 2017, 10:49:04 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
continued .  .  .
Part 2 of 2

I had two projects on the agenda for today.  In one of my first Yard Adventure undertakings, I planted an Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn shrub directly in front of the house in March 2012 where it did ok, but not great.  I moved it to the mailbox area in April 2016 thinking more sun would be beneficial.  That idea, which looked good on paper, didn't work at all in practice, (it dropped most of its leaves shortly afterward).  It's looked pretty sad ever since.

My reason for wanting to move the hawthorn at this point stems from the nearby Pampas Grass plant which is doing extremely well this year and has slowly been encroaching on the hawthorn's space.  So the plan for today was to move it once again before it gets smothered.  I broke out the shovel and pulled it out of the ground.

According to the tag that came with the hawthorn, it likes sun.  When directly in front of the house didn't work, I moved it to the mailbox.  That location, even though it is in full sun, didn't work either for unknown reasons.  So now I don't know what to think.  I decided to put it next to the Leyland Cypress and Reeves Spireas by the front walk where I had the small relocated azalea.  This area gets sunlight, (although not full-sun all day long), and is large enough to give it some room.  After a little bit of effort, the hawthorn now has another new address.  Everything I do with this plant is a guess at this point.  So I'm going to cross my fingers and see what happens.  

I tried to center the hawthorn evenly in between the Leyland Cypress and Reeves Spireas.  There should be enough room in this location for everyone.

With the Eleanor Tabor Indian Hawthorn relocated, this meant I had to find yet another home for the small azalea.  Since I hacked all of the azaleas next to the driveway this past spring, a decent gap has developed in between two of them large enough to fit this small shrub.  This will be the fourth, and hopefully last location for this little guy.

This is the azalea that I originally found on the other side of the yard completely surrounded by English Ivy.  I've moved it twice previously with no ill effects.  It has continued to bloom beautifully each year, but hasn't really grown at all.  So we'll see what happens now.

My mind likes the idea of the small azalea being next to all the other azaleas along the driveway.  And if my previous experiences are accurate, this shrub is pretty stout and should survive another relocation .  .  .

 on: October 07, 2017, 10:04:49 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
A couple of changes for late summer .  .  .
August 13, 2017
Part 1 of 2

This has been a great summer so far.  My yard seems quite happy with the amount of rain we've had.  The summer bloomers continue to do their thing.  The Purple Magic crape myrtle was the first of the three in this area to bloom this year.  It did so in mid-June, which means it's been sporting purple flowers for a month now.


The Plum Magic crape myrtle has tripled in size since I planted it in 2015.  It has also been blooming for a month. 

The Crimson Red crape myrtle is getting a late start, but is now starting to bloom.

Speaking of benefiting from the rain this summer, the Vitex Shoal Creek has tripled in size since I planted it in April 2016.  This plant should get pretty large and bloom in blue each spring.

The one remaining Super Blue Lavender still shows a few blooms.  It bloomed earlier this spring.  When it finished blooming, I cut the spent flowers off hoping it would bloom again, which it did !  This sounds like something I should pay attention to.

I tried to zoom in on a moth on one of the flowers, which was a lot harder than it sounds.  But the picture turned ok given the circumstances .  .  .

 on: October 07, 2017, 09:39:33 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
Another branch down .  .  .
August 8, 2017

I was preparing to head to work today and found this.

A large branch from one of the trees next to the driveway broke off and fell.  This is the largest branch that has come down in my yard in a while.  Yet it did so during a calm weather period, (i.e. no storms or high winds).

Unfortunately, if fell on top of the Korean Azalea.

I moved the branch off of the azalea and was relieved to find that nothing was broken.

It looks like the branch bent everything over, but didn't actually break anything.  I think it will be fine.

I think I see where the branch broke, which was quite a ways up.

Naturally, Leaf & Limb collection just happened in my neighborhood last week.  I'll have to set the branch aside for now until the next collection in 6 weeks .  .  .

 on: October 07, 2017, 09:25:25 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
A colorful summer .  .  .
July 29, 2017

The summer bloomers in the yard are doing their thing.  I've got a lot of whatever the ornamental grass seen below is scattered throughout the yard.
 This cluster that surrounds the large Crape Myrtle next to the garage seems to be some kind of Liriope and always looks great each summer.

Speaking of which, the crape myrtle next to the garage continues to do its thing like it does every year.  

While not blooming all over like some I have seen in the neighborhood, it blooms beautifully every season at the top of the tree, (which is a long way up !).

I planted three crape myrtles in this area of the yard back in 2015.  All three are growing beautifully, and have bloomed each season.  The Purple Magic crape myrtle was the first to bloom this year.

A week later, the Plum Magic crape myrtle was showing a few blooms.

The three Reeves Spireas are benefiting from the large amount of rain we've had this summer.  

Actually, the whole yard is benefiting from the wonderful summer we've seen so far in this part of the country.

It's been warm, (this is Georgia, after all), but not stifling.  It's been wet enough to allow the yard to grow, but dry enough for me to enjoy a lot of weekend cruises to nowhere with the roof down.  Life is good .  .  .  

 on: October 07, 2017, 09:02:15 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
Taking down a couple of small trees .  .  .
July 23, 2017

I discovered a tree leaning in my side yard by the driveway a few weeks ago.  We've had a good amount of rain this summer along with a few incidents of high winds.  The small tree seen below started to lean.

What confuses me the most is that this tree seems to be in a somewhat protected area and surrounded by several larger trees.

Regardless, with Leaf & Limb collection approaching, I decided to take it down.  It pushed over very easily which makes me wonder if it wasn't exactly healthy despite the fact that it didn't look bad at all.

In the midst of taking the tree down by the driveway, I discovered a second tree down in the back yard by the fence.

This is the same situation - a small tree in a relatively protected area falls victim to strong storms and high winds.

Like the other tree, this one pushed over very easily.  I cut the roots and carried it down to the driveway for the next Leaf & Limb collection.

So I've got two small trees that fell over.  Yet the giant pine tree below, that has been leaning for years, is still standing and, compared to previous pics, is unchanged.

The good news with this tree is that it's leaning in a direction where it can't hurt anything if it falls.  So I'm going to leave it alone and hope for the best .  .  .

 on: August 13, 2017, 10:16:29 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by Oldcarsarecool
Wow !  I've said many times before and continue to say that my troubles are insignificant compared to those of others .  .  .

 on: August 09, 2017, 02:18:35 PM 
Started by Oldcarsarecool - Last post by racer91
Reminds me of this bit.

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