Here is a close view of the Carolina allspice which I just planted in the new shade garden. Last week I purchased the shrubs after getting the information about which shrubs to buy. Then I spent several days clearing the debris from this new space.
Today I opened a coning with the Deva of the Garden and the deva for each of these shrubs. My first questions to the team were about where each shrub was to be planted. Since I had a very large area to work with, I started by dividing that space into three smaller areas (“A,” “B” and “C”). After narrowing the location down to one of these sections, I then started walking along one of the dimensions until the kinesiology testing came up positive for that being the axis along which the plant was to be placed. Then I walked at ninety degrees from that point (essentially along the second axis) until I got a “yes” response to the location. I also marked the location for the two trees I have yet to purchase. Here is a shot which includes four of the planted shrubs (I know – they are hard to pick out from everything else):
(Sidebar note: You can see the trunk of the black locust tree in the center background – a tree which the Deva of the Garden said to leave in place. To its right is an old leaning post placed by the previous owner for a clothesline. That, too, is to remain in place. To the left of the locust tree is the dogwood I found and have now pulled into an upright position with the green plant tape. On the steep slope behind everything are even more wild blackberries to be removed at some point.)
The next thing I asked the non-physical team was “Which one should I plant first?” After that I dug the hole. You may recall I live in the mountains of western North Carolina. And, yes, these are very old mountains which have worn down considerably. However, they are still mountains which means they have stone down under that upper layer of soil. Thankfully, the stone I am dealing with tends to crumble fairly easily although some of it is definitely more crystallized. In any case, I prefer to give the plants soil rather than stone to grow in. So when I hit any pockets of stone, I get out the pick and dig deeper and wider to fill the hole with soil and Natures Helper (a wonderful soil conditioner). I certainly hit some patches of this stony material and wondered about the team’s request to plant there. However, I have had too many experiences where their recommendations turn out beautifully so I just keep on trusting and digging.
Next, I asked if I needed any Natures Helper. Every time I received a “yes” response to that question. I followed up with “How many shovels of Natures Helper do I need?” and kinesiology tested for the answer. Whatever number I got (anywhere from two to six shovels for this project) was added to the soil as I planted.
As I placed each new plant into its hole, I asked the team a final set of questions. I wanted their recommendation for the best way to position the plant. I kept turning the plant, a little bit at a time, in the hole until I got a “yes” response. Then I back-filled around the plant.
Here’s the red buckeye after it was planted, watered and mulched.