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Planting in January!

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For those of you who asked about the creature by the door, here he is in his full glory!  He is called Man of the Woods and with a nose like that he could not possibly be female! I like his gnarly beard and wise eyes. 

This Sunday was a balmy 39+ degrees and much of the snow, especially in the south facing areas, has melted.  Since I purchased my after Christmas special shrubs, three of each of the Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite' and Cornus stolonifera 'Arctic Fire', I was forced to either heel them in a pile of mulch or find a spot and plant them. Dsc_0063 The Equipment Manager, bless him, checked the ground in the  new border and found that it was not frozen.  Dsc_0064 He proceeded to dig six holes and we planted the shrubs, frozen root balls and all.  Since they would sit in a nursery in a container, they should be fine planted out in the border.  I have never planted in January before!  I did take the Christmas tree down and one of the advantages of a live tree is that the branches can be cut off and used as a mulch to keep the ground from freezing and thawing. Dsc_0061 I had assistance with this task, as you can see Dsc_0067 and the newly planted shrubs look quite cozy with their collarsDsc_0065 of fraser fir.  Of course this necessitated getting out the deer spray Dsc_0068 since deer love fraser fir and despite my efforts have nibbled on many of my plants.  Dsc_0051 They even nibbled the Pieris or AndromedaDsc_0050   which they are not supposed to like.  I wish someone would tell them that! These look like bunny droppings but this bunny hasn't ever left any such treasures!

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On an added note, I would love to have you comment and I do have a few more posts for this week but I will be away on vacation and will respond to the comments when I return.    

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