Last month I showed you the new rose bed, all the changes I had done and everything I had planned for this bed. Today, a month later, every plan has been thrown out of the window and my whole garden looks very different. I am hoping to move house soon! I still haven’t got a final decision and it might be another whole month until I know for sure, but I have to plan for a move and hope for the best, because once I get a decision, things will have to happen fast.
I plan to take with me as many plants as I can possibly lift and put into pots, and the work is taking a lot of time. All the plants I have put into pots so far will be happy in pots for up to a year, so as long as they get enough water I will have plenty of time to decide where to plant them in the new garden. If you thought I had many pots before, you should see my garden now....there are pots EVERYWHERE. I passed 500 pots some time ago so I guess I have around 530 or so – and probably another almost 100 to go. I have always said my garden is the most important room in my house, so of course I am taking with me everything I can from it! That doesn’t mean the new tenant will take over a completely empty garden, far from it, there are many large shrubs and trees that are impossible to dig up, and I am sure I have missed hundreds of spring bulbs which will come up next year. And then there are all the hellebore seedlings – in 3-4 years time the bottom of my garden will be a hellebore jungle if none of the seedlings are thinned out. The new tenant is not a gardener at all, he just wants a place to sit outside and somewhere for his 2 dogs to run around. I am leaving him many low-maintenance shrubs and have promised to come back and help him a few times with the remaining plants and shrubs over the next year. I have offered to teach him how to take care of them in return for being allowed to dig up a few remaining plants I haven’t taken up by the time I move. He has said yes to that and since we only live a few miles away from each other I think it will be possible for me to do so.
The new garden I am hoping to be the owner of soon is a bit bigger than my current garden, and it has some nice features I don’t have now. I have never had a shed and the new garden has TWO, one small for tools and one big shed I can use as potting shed when it is raining. That’s going to be a great improvement from today’s working conditions! The new garden also has back access, which I also look forward to – no more dragging plants and soil through the whole house! And the new garden is big enough for a small greenhouse, although it will have to be put up on the shady side of the house – better than no greenhouse!
I have no idea what kind of plants there are in the new garden, that’s going to be a surprise for the next 6-12 months I suppose, I will just have to see what comes up in the different beds and try to identify them. I think there might be plenty of photos here on my blog with questions to my readers if they can help identify plants for me, that is of course if I get the house – I still don’t know. This waiting time is awful, I know I won’t be able to pack up my house AND my garden in just a short time so I have to assume I get the house and just go for it now while I have time. I might be lifting plants and packing up belongings just to be told I haven’t got the house after all. But that’s a risk I just have to take as I can’t wait with everything to last minute.
While digging, lifting and potting plants I am enjoying spring in my garden. My magnolia ‘Heaven Scent’ has started to flower, the huge camellia is in flower, plants are emerging everywhere. It’s a good time to lift plants and I am counting the days towards Moving Day!
I hope the removal men won’t faint when they see all the pots that are coming with my belongings! I intend to get a pre-visit to get a quote so they can see for themselves exactly what’s involved but still....it’s a lot of pots and containers to carry. I have been in touch with a company to get crates to put the smaller pots in to make it easier to carry them. The crates are stackable, the kind used in grocery stores and bakeries, and if I get hold of some, that will make it a bit easier to carry the pots and take less space on the lorry.
I will keep you all updated on the progress and hope to post a GBBD post on the 15th, not sure if I know by then if I am moving or not but fingers and toes crossed!
I am linking this post to Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog. Please visit her blog for many more March gardens.
Until next time, take care.