This is my Rhododendron hedge and you may not know it, but there are strangers among us...sort of.
Notice anything about my Rhodo hedge? I mean besides the fact they are bordered by too-tall grass, loads of weeds and are hiding an incredibly wobbly fence--those nasty deer busted it up again!
It's hard to tell from the picture, but there are Sumac trees growing in and amongst the Rhodos. Yes, the Sumacs are the strangers. How did they get there? Well, it seems they were here first and rather didn't like my taking them down in order to plant this long row of Rhodos to replace them. Well, they just decided not to go away and I have ever since been digging them out again and again and transplanting them elsewhere.
But you know what? They won't be moved! That is to say, the Sumac refuse to take anywhere other than their own preferred spot...in and among my Rhodos. OY!
Every year I have removed them, replanted them in the place formally known as the Birch place and they promptly die, so I never get to see them in their autumn Glory. Blast it!
So, it's Rhodo time...and time to decide what to do with the misplaced and very much wanted Sumac.