Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Blooms of Past Efforts

I may have traded in my trowel for a paintbrush in the effort to get our house ready to sell...

Narcissus 'Sweetness'
..but one of the best things about gardening is enjoying the fruit of past labors!

Narcissus 'Julia Jane'
Spring-blooming bulbs are some of my favorite flowers of all, and in the last three years, I have filled the yard with them.

blooming with abandon in my creatively named Mailbox Garden
Even last fall I ordered and planted scores of bulbs, not knowing we were going to be leaving the Red House and its garden.  I am very thankful for the chance to see some of my new acquisitions in bloom before we leave..

Narcissus 'Thalia', one of my new beauties
..as well as say goodbye to some old favorites. 

Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'
We will be moving to the Boston area here in a couple weeks as Mr. Red House starts his new job.  I am going to miss my garden.  But Spring is all about new beginnings, and the great thing about most spring bulbs..

possibly Narcissus 'Ice Follies'
is that they'll thrive just wonderfully in my future new Northern garden as well.


Happy Spring!

So... any of you want to buy a red house?

21 comments:

  1. I am so delighted that you got to see your new bulbs - especially Narcissus Thalia, which is such an elegant daff. Moving home is a stressful time and a garden can be such a relaxing place to spend a few moments, so it is also wonderful that you have taken time out to look at your flowers and share them here. With all this gorgeous spring colour, I am sure that the right owner will come along and fall in love with your garden.

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    1. It has been so great to see the bulbs bloom, though on the other hand, I want some of them to wait until the house is on the market to show off! I do have a lot of other bulbs coming up. The house goes on the market in a week, so they need to coordinate their blooming for then!

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  2. Good luck with the move! I always say that if I move, I'm digging up all the plants and bringing them with me. Of course, that wouldn't work so well if I were going to Boston.

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    1. With logistics, I am bringing sadly few plants with me. I, too, thought I would bring a lot more if I ever moved! Oh well, at least there will be a whole new garden to design :)

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  3. It will be exciting to have a new garden. And you'll be moving there just in time to see spring emerging! How fun! Your bulbs had to come out to say good bye. I hadn't seen 'julia jane' before, but what a cute little bloom!

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    1. It is good timing - with as early as spring is coming here, I'll be able to enjoy spring twice! 'Julia Jane' is a new one for me this year. They're quite pretty!

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  4. Good luck with your move! Spring bulbs are wonderful,as you say. Are you taking some with you?

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    1. No spring bulbs, sadly. I have a few gladiola bulbs that I had lifted as well as a couple other plants, and that's it!

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  5. The Thalia is stunning! I know you will miss your garden & house but it is exciting to think about starting a new chapter. Best of luck selling Red House and moving!

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  6. Hi Indie
    I know this is a sad/happy time for you: sad to be leaving but happy to see the results of last fall's planting efforts. I have had Thalia for many years and I adore it. Be sure to plant some more in Boston. All the ones you've shown in this post should be fine at your new home. Boston is gardening Zone 6-7. I am in Zone 5A and they grow beautifully up here in Ontario.
    Keep us informed on your move and especially your new location!

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  7. Another great thing about bulbs is that they are cheap and easy to plant.

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  8. Enjoy your journey, Indie. Often it's in the looking back that we see how truly blessed we are. Your Spring flowers are dancing in your gardens to wish you joy as you begin this new adventure!

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  9. Congratulations on a new adventure. Well you know that it will just give you and opportunity to start some new beautiful garden beds. How exciting Indie.

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  10. Wow! Good luck on your move, and best wishes for your new home and garden! It will be fun to begin anew, and yet I know you will miss your old place. Dig some bulbs to carry with you!

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  11. Good luck with the move...my sister-in-law lives near Concord, MA and the soil is very different-sandy. But a beautiful area, MA...you will have fun gardening and closer to my climate and zone.

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  12. Best of luck with the move, it's a exciting, and stressful time..and the adjustment will be something that you look back on with wonder. You are moving in spring, which means you get the beauty of both of your worlds....

    Jen

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  13. Good luck with your move, I have moved many times, I know it can be very stressful, but it is all about being organised :-)
    It’s a pity you can’t bring more plants from your old garden, but you could also see this as a chance to get a whole new garden - just as you want it. New house and new garden – new opportunities. Wishing you good luck :-)

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  14. I hope your move goes smoothly. It is nice that you can take a break from all the preparations to enjoy the fruits of spring. The daffodils are lovely.

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  15. The two weeks are up and perhaps you have moved. When we moved to this house many years ago it was the garden that first received our attention. Take it easy and all the best in your new home.

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  16. with Alistair - I hope all goes well and you sell quickly, then settle happily in the new place. Elephant's Eye waits patiently with you.

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  17. Next year you can have Tulips. What a treat!

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