Caveat: buying tastey shrubs when you find them is a great idea. So is "planting" them. But don't leave them in the ground too long...
This Magnolia "Butterflies" was an unexpected "score" because we capitalized on the grower's shipping error. It lived in the pot for a year. The helpmeet took "pity" on it and planted in his vegetable garden in '05. Be mindful how you dispense your "pity"!
He's 6'2" and is about 200lbs.
This is the intended site. It's the mouth of the orginal driveway on to the Compound. And the veiw of the busy road is terrific and unimpaired. Gotta put the kibosh on THAT, but quick!
We dig and this is what we wrestled from the raised bed that was its home for 3 years:
It requied a lot of sweat, some cross words, and some feline help...
(your's truly is 5'5" and goes 135-140? we don't own a bathroom scale, either!)
The bound, trussed Magnolia is deposited next to the hole that will receive it:
And here she is! in her new home:
We really savaged the roots, but that's part of transplanting. Fall is a good time to move shrubs in New England and it'll survive, though I'm not sure there will be any flowers next spring. Still, though, I'm OK with that.
We exchanged a few cross words, but as soon as it was in the new site the helpmeet's first words were,
"WOW! instant landscaping! Nice work, hon', you picked the perfect place for this plant."
Thank you, dear. :)