There are two things that are almost required for living in Ferndale. First, you should have a dog in your pickup truck. Second, you should have a least one rhododendron planted in your front yard. Since it will be awhile before we’re ready for the first requirement, we felt it was time to take care of the second. So Lori and I spent our rainy day off and headed up to Singing Tree nursery in McKinnleyville. Peak blooming season for rhodies is over, but the nursery garden was still very beautiful. Amazing what a garden looks like without horsetails being the dominant feature.
Once we got home the planting started, and I decided to tackle the one going in the backyard first. I knew that the soil was pretty poor in that area, so a trip to Nielsens was required for a truckload of soil admendment. Then when we started digging we realized a second trip to Nielsens was required to purchase a pick axe. Yep, that was some pretty bad soil. Artie of course did his usual job of supervising. I’m sure he was convinced we were doing all this work for his benefit.