Courtesy Jessica Walliser
I planted my new little Magnolia with hopesÂ it will solve our soggy-backyard problem.
I decided to make the most of what will likely be the last few beautiful fall days. I headed to a local nursery and bought yetÂ another tree and planted it in the backyard.
My new tree is a Moonglow Virginia Magnolia. I selected it because the area where I planted it is very waterlogged. When they put in the newÂ retaining wall this spring, they backed it with a French drain that was supposed to stop the area from being so wet, but it hasnâ€™t done the trick as well as we would have liked. So theÂ grassy area below the wall and adjacent to the patio is very wet for days after it rains. I planted a Stewartia there earlier this year, but it didnâ€™t make it simply because it doesnâ€™t like wet feet. The Magnolia, however, is supposed to handle soggy soil just fine. I hope it does because itâ€™s a lovely little tree. I managed to plant it in about 15 minutesâ€”talk about speed planting.
As this post goes live, I will be sitting with my family at the dining room table enjoying our Thanksgiving feast. We will be hosting 11 people this year and I am very much looking forward to enjoying our turkey with all the trimmings and lots of enlightening conversation. As always, I feel very fortunate to be blessed with such an amazing family, a satisfying job, a humble but beautiful home, many wonderful friends, and an overabundant pantry. I wish everyone all the best for a joyous Thanksgiving. Give thanks for all that you have and hug the ones you love.