Boy was it windy on Wednesday June 6th. We had 50 mph winds and the weather service had issued a wind advisory. I was afraid when I got home from work the garden would be a wreck. But surprising enough things didn't look too bad. Some of the taller plants had blown over but could be staked back up. I had imagined worse.
The thing that had to be fixed right away was my Laceleaf Staghorn Sumac. I have had this tree for about 5 years and have kept it in a pot on the deck. Why in a pot you might ask. Well Sumac tend to travel and send up shoots where you don't want them. But the main reason was when I bought it I didn't have anywhere prepared to plant it in the ground. You have to understand, the dirt is horrible and needs amended before even the weeds will grow. Well that is a little over stated. Now where was I. Oh, since it sits outside unprotected all winter I end up repotting it every few years because the pots get cracked from the freezing and thawing. I knew it needed a new pot this year but I kind of liked the cracked, chipping pot it was in. I thought the pot looked like it had character. In reality I was just too cheap to buy a new one. I could get several plants for what a new pot would cost.
When Scott called and said the tree blew over and the pot broke and we needed a new one. I asked if I couldn't glue it back together? That is when he started making the cheap, cheap sounds like he was a bird! I got the message. The pot that broke was from Sam's and cost $17. Sam's hadn't carried them for the last couple of years so I didn't know where I would find one. Anyway to make a long story short. I bought a fiberglass pot for about $30. I is light weight and has a life time warranty!! We will see about that. Here are some pics. before and after. Enjoy!! Sorry you will have to tilt your head for the one of them.