moving the maple

when we signed on with our builder the original plan was to start around the first of this month.  we’ve had some nasty weather however, and for that reason, things have been delayed by a few weeks.

meh.

i’m so excited about our new place, but decluttering, getting rid of things, putting everything else in a box, and moving it all from here to there – not so much.  in order to make the process easier i’m starting early and just doing a little bit at a time; sorting through and packing up the things we don’t use on a daily basis.

this includes some of my plants.

yes, i plan to take with me a few things growing in my yard.  one is a japanese maple given to me by my parents.  the other is a rose bush given to me by a dear friend.

i know it seems really crazy to try to bring these along when they are both pretty happy right now where they are, but they mean a great deal to me.  they have very great sentimental value and the thought of leaving them behind in the care of someone who doesn’t know what they are and why they are there is unbearable to me.  so they are coming along,  even though they may not like it.

we started last weekend with the japanese maple.

we located the largest plastic pot we could find, about 20″ and drilled holes in the bottom:

i put stones in the bottom for drainage:

we filled it with a small amount of potting soil:

and then we set to work digging her out.  well, my husband did that.  i took pictures.  here she is:

we worked, and worked around the base; digging and lifting in order to get a good sized root ball.

pause here for a brief look at the east side garden:

the majority (if not all) of these plants will stay here.  i’m still undecided about the siberian iris….

back to the tree.  we then lifted her out, and placed her in the pot.

we then added some more soil, some mulch, and with the help of a wheel barrow moved her to the back porch.  we have no pictures to document this little journey because i had to put down the camera and hang on to her to keep her from toppling out of the wheel barrow.

she made it though just fine, where we positioned her and watered her in.

i was pleased that she showed very little signs of stress and seems to have transitioned quite well.  so well in fact, i’m thinking we may keep her in a container permanently and use her for the outdoor seating area of the master bedroom we have planned for our future place.

isn’t she lovely?

 

 

 

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4 Comments to “moving the maple”

  1. Smart of you to make this a priority — when we moved last June, I ended up leaving behind peony plants my aunt gave me from her own garden — some which came from my great-grandmother’s garden. It wasn’t my intention to do so; I simply ran out of time. Who knows how many times I’ve thought about those peonies.

    As for transplanting a Japanese Maple, we’ve had good success at this too, even in the worst possible circumstances. We transplanted ours in August — and though we tried to get a rootball — we ended up with bare roots. That little trooper not only survived, it thrived. I bet your’s will too.

    • i’m glad to hear that. i hope that roses prove to be just as resilient. the one i tried to move over the weekend isn’t looking very promising right now and i’m worried. i’m sorry about your peonies though. i hope that whoever has them now appreciates them and is taking good care of them.

  2. It’s lovely, and so are your irises! I bet they could use a little dividing before you move 😉

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