Thursday, July 21, 2011

Transplanting in July

Transplanting in July? Yep-pers, it is possible! Now, don't uproot a fully-grown annual and expect it to survive - that's almost impossible. But perennials are a different story - one can take a fully grown perennial and transplant it successfully by doing a few steps that makes a huge difference in the process .

I was very unhappy with a some of my day lilies. Both last summer and this summer, they just didn't do well and I was at a loss as to the reason why. I blamed the dry weather last year and some I simply cut back before they bloomed. This year some did well and some not of the same kind - I was soooo puzzled! This week I decided to get rid of and/or move day lilies. In the process, I discovered what the problem was... VOLES!

Yes, voles -the scalawags!

Voles live above ground  as well as using old mole trails and eat the root of a plant. When I lifted the lilies, I could see the damage. We have stray cats coming around, especially at night and I'm hoping they'll catch them. One can also set mouse traps for the rascals.

Any-hoo...coming back to the main topic of this post - transplanting in July. The first thing to do is dig a hole large enough for the intended plant.
Fill it with water.
Dig out the intended plant and plop it in the said hole.

Back fill and water it again. The second watering is important because the air pockets need to be filled with dirt. I usually jab my trusty shovel around the plant to make sure the dirt settles in nicely. That's it!

I transplanted these iris with tattered leaves from the greedy grasshoppers...
and these daylilies.
From a distance...
They never missed a beat even in this heat - happy smiles!

Most any of the tough perennials can be moved - hosta, sedems, day lilies, iris (if they look awful, I generally cut back the foliage). August is the best month to transplant peonies.


In answer to a few questions on the last post on potted perennials, we live in zone 6b and I let the pots where they are with the exception of the one in a pottery planter and place a small lid on the center. I place it back against the house under the overhang. The back of the house faces east. If facing north or west, Id give it a little more protection, though the lavender sits where it is all winter. The only water they get is rain...I want them to stay on the drier side.

...happy gardening!


Dorothy said...

I'm crazy like you & transplant pretty much anything pretty much whenever I feel like it!!! I just moved asters 1 week I dug up some Russian Sage. =) You're right, lots of water is the answer.

rosesandgargoyles said...

Yep, done the same thing here too. Just gotta water, water, water them in. Your garden's pretty.

Tootsie said...

oh that trellis/archway is gorgeous now!!! I love it...and I too am a transplanter when ever the urge hits me! lolI thank you so much for linking in this week. It is an honor to host Friday's Flaunt and meet new friends and visit the regulars (who are like old friends) who share. I am always excited to tour each post and see the different flowers/ projects and garden art that everyone flaunts. It is a pleasure to tour and see all the gorgeous blooms...and I appreciate each and every link and comment! I hope you will link in again soon!
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Rosie said...

I live in zone 6b, too. Your garden is just gorgeous. I like how you have the russian sage right next to the sides of the arch. It looks fantastic. Stay COOL!

Becca's Dirt said...

Thanks for the info. Beautiful gardens. I have some perennials that need to be moved. I am ready to revamp a couple of my gardens - move everything and start over.Have a nice weekend.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

We have So many critters around here, if the voles don't get our plants, veggies, fruit, etc., the deer, bunnies, foxes, squirrels, and the numerous other creatures do. Let's just say, it's a CONSTANT battle. But we love where we live, and we love seeing the wildlife, so we've learned to share with the critters - well, except the bugs. ;)

Thanks for linking to TTT, Esther. I love seeing what you're up to each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

mississippi artist said...

I wouldn't dare transplant here where I live. It has been over a hundred most days and a drought-I will have to wait until fall. Your garden is lovely!

Bonnie said...

I want to learn from you. Fertilizing is something I need to know more about how to do. What do you use and what is your method? You probably have a prior post on this but I am new to your blog.

I am in zone 8. We have sandy soil and I am sure I need to fertilize more.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Congratulations on solving the mystery. Voles wouldn't have occurred to me!

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