Yay, I got the largest plant that I'm going to transplant, a Strelitzia Nicolai the common name is Large White Bird of Paradise transplanted where the tree used to be. It grew by seed right next to the fence and came from my neighbor's plant and I didn't know at first what it was but I dug it up several years ago and put it into a pot. I decided to plant it instead of take it with me when we move. There are 2 reasons for that: One- It must've been a healthy seedling because I read they are not real easy to grow from seed and since it grew in that garden originally, I'll let it stay there. Two- I don't know how much (if any) garden I will have upon moving since it will be a temporary home :(.
Here's what it will look like when it flowers someday:
This is what it looks like now:
It can grow to about 20ft high. They are usually planted in clumps, several of 'em but this one will have to make it's own babies!
Here is the beginning hole:
Here are all the roots I had to remove from just that hole and I wasn't finished digging yet! These are the roots left over from the Umbrella plant and Italian Cypress tree that was removed a few months ago.
Look at how many roots from just 4 small holes and 1 larger one:
Pulling out all those roots really tired me out yesterday. I could have gotten so much more planted if it wasn't for those darn roots. It was also very warm and a tad humid to be working outside. BUT it has to get done.
I did get the Purple Heart plants (Tradescantia pallida)
And a couple Large Angel Wing Begonias (Begonia Coccinea) transplanted, too.
In their new home:
Hopefully they will like where they are now. I used some worm castings and some chicken manure mixed with some potting soil to amend the existing soil. That should give 'em a boost so they fill in faster.
It felt really good to shower off the grime of the day and then I had corn for dinner yup, just corn.
Have a lovely week!