First of all you’ll need to repeat my “mistake #2” and once again buy a plant which you don’t have a place for. In this case it was the bargain Mahonia × media ‘Charity’ I bought for 50% off last month.
Approximate time of project starting 11:55 am….
Decide to place this plant along the north side of the house (possibly the second mistake in this process… will it get enough light?) and dig a hole, a big hole (a 5-gallon size hole). Once you’re done and you’ve placed the plant step back and evaluate. Realize you’ve just blocked your only view of the smaller Mahonia fortunei ‘Curlicue’… …along with the Himalayan Maidenhair Ferns and an ‘Angustifolia’ Hart’s Tongue Fern (I’m standing in the neighbor’s driveway to take this picture…a view I don’t normally get). Spend a few minutes to think about this mistake. Decide the answer is to flip the two Mahonias. Dig up the M. fortunei and one of the Maidenhair Ferns. Be sure to wear flip flops during the entire process…this slows down the digging, and adds an element of danger (especially on a graveled slope!)… Once the M. fortunei is dug up realize that you should never have planted it so close to the basement window. Fill in that hole and dig a different hole for the M. media‘Charity’ moving it ever so slightly towards the back corner of the house. Replace most of the soil you dog for the original hole, and replant the much smaller M. fortune there. Dig another small hole and replant the Maidenhair Fern. Stand back and realize you didn’t even check to see what the final size of these plants is expected to be. Maybe you wasted your time based on what size they are now, rather than what size they will be in the future. Pick up your tools and move on to the next project. Time – 12:54 pm