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The Thing About Roots

We have a beautiful, rather large, rhododendron bush in our front yard.

We needed to move it about 2 months ago because the trunk was about one foot away from the foundation of our house.

Thankfully we had a very warm spring and the ground had thawed enough to move it with the help of a kind neighbor.

It was actually a really neat (and dirty) experience.

It’s pretty crazy moving something that large. It’s alive and growing and has a huge root system.

Did you know most root systems are the same size as the plant above the ground? Since we were only able to rip out about half of the ground roots, we had to lop off half of the rhody branches on top. You can see the end result in the photo above.

We moved it to the other side of our house – and it now blocks our deck from the road – yes!

After many weeks of dedicated watering, we’ve officially gotten blooms!

I wasn’t sure if it would happen this year since, you know, we kind of chopped all it’s limbs off, but it’s surviving.

Nature is amazing.

 

Tulip Paradise

When I was young my family traveled out to Pella, Iowa every summer to visit my Grandparents. Pella has a large Dutch population and is a sister-city to Holland. We used to go to the Tulip Time Festival every year and broom the streets in a big parade.

Not only that – we got to wear Dutch costumes! (I am the one in the middle.) I remember being quite jealous that my Mom got to wear the wooden clogs and there weren’t any that could fit me.

Anyways, I got this email forward and had to share. It’s amazing how art imitates life.

This is the northern Netherlands in the middle of tulip season. It’s a kaleidoscope of color.  More than three billion tulips are grown each year and two-thirds of the vibrant blooms are exported, mostly to the U.S. and Germany.