We're getting better at this gardening thing. Now we research first, but we've always read the tags that accompany plants of any kind. We read the tags on all the roses we planted, honest.
Earlier this summer I moved seven azalea bushes from various spots around the house to a sunny bed on the west side. One died, one bloomed, and five are hanging in there.
When it finally dawned on me that a couple of rosebushes at the bottom of our deck didn't want to bloom, it was their turn to head to the sunny side of the street. (Silly me, I chose to ignore my mother-in-law's advice to only plant or move roses in months with the letter "r". NOTE: There's no "r" in July.) This is the lesson I learned from transplanting rosebushes.
1. Don't watch the weather forecast.
2. Do all the other yard work first since it will only take a few minutes to dig up and replant the bushes.
3. Don't worry about having a water bottle or bandanna to wipe sweat. You'll only be in the yard a short while.
4. It's okay to wear gardening gloves, but sturdy shoes are optional.
5. Wait until your cute backyard neighbor is mowing his grass.
6. As soon as the top layer of mulch/rock is cleared away, start tugging on the branches of the bush.
7. If the bush doesn't immediately come out of the ground, move to the next bush.
8. Repeat steps #6 and #7 as needed.
9. If bushes refuse to comply, let the sweat drip off for a couple minutes while you stare blankly at the obstinate bushes and hope the cute neighbor has gone back into the house.
10. After dripping and staring for a couple more minutes, consider digging the new holes.
11. When digging the new holes, be sure to keep them shallow to avoid any possible unsightly tugging at a future date.
12. Remember the hand shovel in the garage because it may work better uprooting the bushes than the hoe.
13. Try using the hand shovel to dislodge the stubborn roots.
14. After the handle breaks, resume using the hoe to loosen dirt around the roots.
15. Determine that no bush is going to get the best of you.
16. Grab branches closest to the loosened soil, and yank as many times as needed to rip that sucker outta the ground!
17. Drag the hoe and tattered rosebush to the new shallow hole.
18. Dump in, cover with dirt and mulch/rock.
19. Pray it rains in the next 24 hours.
20. Quickly survey area to see what else needs to be transplanted, then repeat steps #1 - 19.