This time, it wasn't my fault. The sign on the window of the scale building at the landfill said "No more leaf/wood mulch effective May 11, 2009." The lady stuck her head out the window to let me know that they had it. They just couldn't give it away until the state regulators give them the okay. She knows me from all my previous trips. She usually just waves me on through.
*sigh* So, plan B. Across the street, I asked Jean if I could have some of the leaves piled up in the back corner of the lot. She told me to take all I wanted. Had I known about the leaf mulch being unavailable, I wouldn't have sprayed the grass yesterday. I would have waited til fall. But I went on with what I had on hand.
Went to the store and got lots of boxes, some big, some small. I laid them out over the area I had sprayed for the shrub border.
I collected leaves in a tarp and threw them on the back of the truck. Four tarps made a load. Four loads was all I needed, for now. I spread the leaves over the cardboard to a depth of over 12" tapering them down around the tiny plants I set out yesterday.
When I was finished, I spread 34-0-0 fertilizer over the whole area. The nitrogen should help break the leaves down quicker. I should have chopped them with the lawnmower, but it's hot out there. 89 degrees and sunny. When I finished, I went to have lunch with Larry and let the sprinkler do my watering.
When I set the posts for the arbor, I wanted the opening wide enough to back the truck through. Not sure why that mattered since I've just built a bed right in the middle of the path. It's a tight fit.
No more planting in this bed until fall. I'll feed and water the transplants all summer. Another Loropetalum will be moved this winter. The color almost matches the shutters and doors.
7:51pm - 82 degrees and still clear. More daturas will bloom this evening. It's no longer a rare occurrence and I've lost the ability to be excited. Quick, huh? And that last sentence from earlier about no more planting? Yeah. Right.
I moved the Colorado Blue Spruce I bought a while ago into this bed.
I also moved the Miscanthus Cosmopolitan.
I planted three buddleia seedlings, each about 6" strong.
The rooted fig also got set out.
And I moved a rose that I rooted from cuttings last year. It's tiny, but it's ugly too. It needs some attention is all. No picture because it's camera shy. I fertilized with 6-6-18 for strong root growth into the rocky soil.
Don't you just love Echinacea?