Re: [gardeners]Sunday in the garden

margaret lauterbach (
Mon, 22 May 2000 09:12:31 -0600

Penny, Hire a guy from an escort service to lift and plant. Would he be
surprised! Might even be cheaper than hiring a yard man. Margaret L

>While my hubby, Jim, was out at a computer meeting today, I
>popped into the car and returned to the nursery where I had
>bought all those other bushes last Thursday (which still are
>sitting in the yard enjoying the non-stop drizzle.....)..   I KNEW
>I would never be able to lift up the particular rhodie which I
>had my heart set on (Consolini "windmill", cherry red and
>white large flower tresses) so I commandeered a yard boy 
>to come and fetch it.  Of course, he simply lifted it up and
>stuck it on his shoulder -- and was I jealous!  Then I did a
>very naughty thing:  I broke a promise to myself that I would
>never again buy another rhodie 'purple gem' (looks like a
>blue-flowered azalea) because  they are the devil to keep
>alive...  but the price was right, and besides, buy 3, get one 
>free was too much to resist. 
>So after a terrible struggle to get the big rhodie into the car, 
>I took off for home. Now, if you've ever seen a funny scene 
>before, this one took the cake. What that strong boy could 
>hardly get into the car, little old lady me was determined to get 
>OUT of the car, and before Jimmie could spot me....    How many 
>blossoms did HE knock off..? And how many more did I...? Dunno..  
>However, with a will of iron and the brain of an imbecile, I really 
>did finally get that huge bush out and down, and then over a foot 
>to the curb, and finally, up into the empty flower bed...Whew...!!  
>I cannot actually lift it up off the ground, but I can rock the 
>container, and sashay it over to where I want it.  I do have a 
>wonderful hand truck which will help me get it over to the proper 
>site, but the clincher is going to be getting that tub off the bottom, 
>and then actually placing it in its hole.  I actually got the mailman
>to help me once, and the garbage man another time, and I even 
>got a neighbor's gardener to carry a big hollowed-out rock out 
>of the car and down to the back wall for me -- but who's left..? 
>Somehow I  cannot picture the United Parcel delivery man 
>helping me plant a rhodie . . . .   We'll see... 
>Penny, NY
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