It is official - we are moving! I am sad to let go of all we have cultivated and enjoyed in the current incarnation of our victory garden. I will be leaving my fruit bearing trees, my ample vegetable beds, and my beloved roses. We also leave behind a house we have completely renovated to our taste; there was not a wall, floor, or surface that we did not touch, modify, and improve. One of my dear friends asked, “What did your husband do to blast you out of your house?!” Timing, my friends, is everything. The vegetable beds are now empty and covered for the winter and I leave behind no tender seedlings. The beginning of this quiet time in the garden is the best time for a gardener to pull up roots for there are less regrets in regard to what is left behind.
We are not moving far from our current location, only 1-2 miles north and in the northwestern most quadrant of the same neighborhood. The new yard provides a wonderful opportunity to create a dream garden, hopefully to include a vegetable and herb potager, a rose garden, placement of choice fruit trees, and a water-wise but lush native border for local birds and beneficial insects. There is much work to be done. I disapprove and in some cases loathe the previous owners’ plant selections and configuration. The landscape itself is overplanted and probably over watered; it needs to be thinned out considerably. The privet hedges need to make way for a native hedge that is less allergy inducing to our new neighbors. The English ivy must be eradicated; kill it with fire if that is what it takes! A number of trees need to be removed, either due to poor placement or to make way for citrus trees. The large patio space will be home to my numerous plumeria potted from cuttings.
With the time, effort, and aggravation already caused by the purchase of the new home, I don’t have the time to wax nostalgic about our departure. This process is not a sprint but an arduous marathon that isn’t half over. (Anyone interested in purchasing a 1600 square foot 1950s ranch in the San Diego metro area?) There are many adventures to come, but Hubby and I have agreed that we will work on the interior of the house first, and then move outside to the garden. In the meantime, here are some "before" pictures of the garden:
|Who places pointy palms in a front entrance? So uninviting!|
|A border of roses will surround my potager veggie garden - bye bye lawn!|
|Privets, ficus, and hidden ivy - kill them with fire!!|