All Things Gardening forum: Visiting my old garden-with a shovel!

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Name: Sue Seymour
Upper michigan (Zone 5a)
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suzysparklesalot
Jul 15, 2017 12:16 PM CST
Hi everyone,
I am so excited. we bought a different house 2 years ago and when it came time to move I dug up some of my plants and brought them to the new house. Because the real estate picture for the old house were already out there, I felt like I couldn't take too much from my gardens.
Needless to say it didn't take me long to realize I had forgotten some of my favorties. (like my black irises) I also had very large roses that I paid $50 for when I bought them new 10 years ago.
I am so lucky because the young couple that bought our house invited us to come and see it now that it is all remodeled. The best part is she said that I could take my shovel and divide some of the plants I miss, or take cuttings of things. she is so sweet! She said it is your garden after all, lol.
I will give a full report when I get back.
I am thinking of offering my services for weeding etc. in exchange.

Sue
Sue from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Jul 15, 2017 12:31 PM CST
Sue that sound great, you may have a new gardening friend. Many times you hear of people buying houses and getting rid of gardens as they know nothing about them and do not want to learn.
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Hutchinson, KS (Zone 6a)
mtnman75
Jul 15, 2017 12:31 PM CST
That is a nice thought, but if someone offered to give me some 'free weeding' I'd take that as implying I wasn't taking care of my flower beds... That is just me, and I am a bit prickly.

It is nice that you want to give back though vs just taking. That is becoming all too common in this world.
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 15, 2017 1:04 PM CST
If you have not already done so, you might suggest a 'garden tour' of your old and her new garden - you could point out the good and bad, provide some history, and maybe even bring some labels to help her remember what's where. As Betty noted, might be a new garden friend in the making. And how fun to be able to visit your old stomping grounds and see how they will evolve.
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Name: Sue Seymour
Upper michigan (Zone 5a)
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suzysparklesalot
Jul 15, 2017 1:35 PM CST
yep, you're right about the weeding offer mtnman. I don't want to be insulting just helpful :). I guess I will just see how it plays out. I like the idea of making plant tags, I have books with all the flowers listed and where they are at.

Sue from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 15, 2017 1:38 PM CST
Sue, that would be a lovely gift to the new owners!
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Name: Sue Seymour
Upper michigan (Zone 5a)
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suzysparklesalot
Jul 15, 2017 3:24 PM CST
thanks everyone, seeing our old house was very weird, but in a good way. They did a great job of remodeling it. They were super nice, I got slips of all of my antique roses, and a few other things. i'm so happy. ;) now I hope they root.
I did offer my plant labels if they wanted.
Sue from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Hutchinson, KS (Zone 6a)
mtnman75
Jul 15, 2017 3:38 PM CST
It is nice to see a new owner is taking care your old house, I know the feeling. The plant tag idea is cool!
Name: greene
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greene
Jul 15, 2017 5:57 PM CST
I like that you offered to provide labels for the plants in your old garden. I remember there was a cute idea for labels a while back:
https://garden.org/ideas/view/...
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 18, 2017 12:40 AM CST
Taking cuttings and returning some of them growing in large pots would be a very nice idea!
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Jul 22, 2017 5:21 AM CST
greene said:I like that you offered to provide labels for the plants in your old garden. I remember there was a cute idea for labels a while back:
https://garden.org/ideas/view/...


@greene Thank you for posting this great idea. I think I will try this and see how it goes.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 22, 2017 7:16 AM CST
Getting some divisions from the new owner was very nice. I wish I could undo some plantings I made for a neighbor 30 years ago. I am fighting those forsythia every year. Grumbling

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