My extreme planting struggles have been occurring in the highest point in my garden. This area is presently a blank slate and I've finally started the process of developing it.
Just outside the picture's edges, several large trees have been able to establish themselves - as have several cedars behind the fence to the left. In this area, I inevitably run into rock when I start digging. It's not unusual to have to pull out one or more football-sized blocks to get the desired hole in the desired locale.
But lately, I've been running into extreme levels or sizes of rock - such as my recent Rusty Blackhaw (Viburnum rufidulum) planting. And this time, my struggles to plant the first of two Evergreen Sumacs (Rhus virens) met with similar limestone resistance. After several hours of work spread over two days, I was able to get enough rock out of the way and to break through any remaining layers to allow the Sumac a chance to send it's roots deep.
|Additional excavated rocks|
But my back muscles and overall body ache informed my that it was gonna be the only one planted today. The second Sumac (and subsequent rock battle) will just have to wait.