I knew we may have a problem when I was leaving for a walk and saw a tiny puddle of water along the walkway garden. I hadn’t watered this area for a couple of days and suspected something was wrong. I have always known we had a pipe under the soil in this bed but we never really knew what it was for. I called the city and they promptly came out to investigate. The good thing, it wasn’t a sewer line. After lots of testing of water shut offs it was determined to be the main water line from the city connection to the house. If you have been to our home you know I plant this bed every year. In order to do some of our own inspecting we had to remove all the annuals, small shrubs and dahlias from this bed and the bed on the other side of the sidewalk.
I am glad I had taken a photo of Dahlia ‘Ferncliff Duo’ before it had to come out as the stem snapped in half on this six foot high plant. It is potted up and waiting to be planted in a new location. Hopefully it can send out new flowers this summer. I am hopeful. The empty bed in the kitchen garden that was waiting for winter vegetables is now home to all the annuals. I moved them early in the morning and made sure they were well watered. So far they look fine and I have no casualties. A few dahlias have been moved to another area of the garden and are not too happy about it. With the weather predicted to really heat up this week, watering will be crucial to their successful transplant.
This Zinnia ‘Liliput’ has transplanted very easily. I grew this one from last years saved seeds.
The pink roses that originated from my mother’s garden are still in the front walkway bed. I hope I don’t have to remove them as its the worst time of year for such an established plant. I do have a cutting taken last year that I could replace it with if something happens.
Now that both sides of the front walkway are empty it’s like I have a clean slate and can redesign the garden. I am trying to look at this scenario with a positive attitude. Stressing out about plants is not worth it since most are easily propagated or transplanted.
Now that that the plumber has been here, we have a plan. At first we thought we would be removing every plant in the garden above where you can see the Rhododendrons and the flowering cherry tree. Some of the plants have been there for twenty years and are very mature. The good news is we can trench along the outside of the garden where the lawn begins to our water shutoff at the road. When the plumber said that our driveway is much longer than most it took some more brainstorming to find a solution. We had visions of jackhammering the driveway in the back of our minds. That’s the most expensive option. Trenching under the existing garden means we could run into large tree roots and have to dig up all the smaller plants. We will still run into some roots in the lawn but that can’t be avoided.
I am feeling very fortunate today that we could be hooked up to the neighbours water supply so we can have water in the house. This means our water supply from the road is shut off for a few days to allow the ground to dry up and make digging the trench easier. Thanks goes to the city staff who also came by to see what they could do.