Sunday, April 28, 2013

Goodbye Wishes

Dear new owners 
of a Red House,

having sold our Red House, we are back to pack up and say goodbye
I hope this house become a true home for you,


filled with love and laughter. 

Narcissus 'Flower Parade'
May you delight in your inherited garden,


and may it constantly reward you with blooms.

Clematis 'Guernsey Cream'
May it teach you as much 
as it has taught me.

Salvia loves it here!
And I hope you add your own touches


to work towards your own dream of what the perfect garden should be.


May this garden 
be a source of cheer and happiness

Narcissus 'Tripartite'
as well as comfort and consolation when times are tough.

Bleeding Hearts
May it offer you a peaceful place to rest and renew your spirit


and a place to work and play together and grow as a family.

Narcissus 'Mint Julep'
I hope that you fall in love with the Red House and its garden, like I did,

Dutch Iris
and that it takes you to great places
right in your own backyard.


May you enjoy living here as much as we have.

Sincerely,
the former Mrs. Red House

39 comments:

  1. What a beautiful goodbye for your house and garden! I, too, have had to leave beloved homes and their gardens several times - it's a real wrench to the spirit, and we can only hope that the next owners will appreciate your home and all the love and effort that went in to making it the way it is. Best of luck on your move, and on the upcoming adventures in your NEW (to you) home and garden.

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    1. I do hope that the next owners at least enjoy the garden! It is the first real garden that I've left that I've put a lot of work into. Hopefully this won't happen too many more times!

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  2. Oh, my heart is sighing for you...there is so much love worked into that soil..it shows.

    Bitter sweet to leave, and have to say goodbye, but exciting to see what's ahead of you.

    Jen

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    1. I have already bought seeds for the next garden! It is very sad to leave, but I am excited about the next garden, as well. Looking ahead helps!

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  3. awwwww...this is so sad....I couldn't bear the thought of losing the Tidy Garden. (I'd have to dig it ALL up & take it with me. Looking foward to see the next Red House plot and new beginnings

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    1. It was too bad the move was so far away - I took very few plants, especially since I didn't know how long we would be in limbo. At least I know where to order all of my favorites!

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  4. I wish that just once I had inherited such a lovely garden. It must be hard to say goodbye but exciting to begin with a new garden. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks, I am looking forward to the next garden, and I'm excited that it will likely be a good deal larger!

      And Mr. Red House pretty much promised me a greenhouse if we moved. That's one I intend to collect on at some point!

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  5. I soon have to say goodbye to my garden too.. it is difficult to leave all those plants that you planted and nurtured. I hope the new residents appreciate all your hard work!

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    1. I do, too! If nothing else, maybe it will at least turn them into gardeners. A gardener can hope!

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  6. I hope the new owners of Red House enjoy and continue to care for the beautiful plantings. But I am a person who embraces change - I so look forward to hearing all about your new house and the new garden! Please keep us informed of every detail, delight and challenge.

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    1. I definitely will! I actually have already bought seeds for my next garden. I have big plans afoot!

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  7. What a remarkable loving wish extended to the next owner of the Red House. May God bless you in your next adventure. Do keep us posted so we'll know where to find you.

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    1. Thank you! I definitely will keep everyone posted. Now that things are settling down I will hopefully find more time to blog!

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    2. Congratulations on the sale. Much looking forward to following your progress in the new garden!

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    3. Thank you - I can't wait to start!

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  8. Such a lovely, heartfelt goodbye to such a special garden. I do hope you were able to bring some plants along to start your new garden. Keep us posted!

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    1. I did bring several. I am excited that our next garden will most likely be quite a good deal larger than the under a 1/5 acre that the Red House was on. I will be sure to keep everyone posted!

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  9. What a sweet post. I hope the same for you and your family as you move into another home, with a different garden to create and enjoy.

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    1. Thank you! My kids are actually already planning their new gardens as well, which is cute. My oldest wants hers to be twice the size, with a cherry tree in the middle (which would definitely be too large for the space)! I look forward to our new gardening venture!

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  10. Awww, I'm tearing up. You seem to have a healthy attitude about it. I will be so sad when I move from this garden. But I guess we all face it eventually. I'll look forward to your new posts in your new garden! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, I'm trying to stay positive!

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  11. What a lovely gift for the new owners; I'm sure they will appreciate a garden that was so lovingly tended.

    I'm not sure if I ever commented on one of your earlier posts, Indie--my computer was acting up as I tried to leave a comment, and I think I finally gave up. But I wanted to wish you well in your new home; I know it must be hard to leave the Red House and all the memories behind. But being closer to family will surely be special, and it will be exciting to start with a blank slate for a new garden.

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate the well-wishes! I am excited to get started in a new garden, too. It will be interesting to see how differently it turns out.

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  12. I remember when you built that little bench and planted the hostas, it's grown out well - just in time to welcome the new owners. Good luck with the move.

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    1. We did take the bench! I was sad to leave before seeing all the foxglove in that garden in bloom. They were just starting to open. I did enjoy my shade garden!

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  13. Ah, I'm so sorry to see you leave NC, especially having just found you. But I'm quite excited to see you build a new garden from the ground up. Is there anything more fun than watching someone else do all the work? And it will be lots of fun to see what neat plants you can play with up north. I'm already prepared to be super jealous of your lilacs ;)

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    1. My mom, who currently lives in Georgia, had the same thought - she said I'd better plant lots of lilacs! :)

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  14. Difficult to leave such a beautiful home and garden, wishing you all the happiness up north.

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    1. Thank you! I'm enjoying the area so far. I can't wait until we get a house and a garden started, though!

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  15. I wish you all the good thoughts that you passed on to the new owners of the Red House. Be well in your new home and may your garden bloom beautifully.

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    1. I've already started touring the area nurseries, though I don't have a garden yet. I can't wait!

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  16. A beautiful letter to the new owners of the Red House. You have left them something to treasure, and I sure they will.

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    1. Thank you - I do hope they enjoy the garden, and that it becomes a special place for them!

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  17. Your words touch my heart... I know first hand how hard it is to leave a garden you've put your heart and soul into. I also know how grand it is to design new gardens and then see those plans come to life over the years. You're off to a wonderful adventure... enjoy the journey... every step of the way. :)

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    1. Looking back at my garden, I am impressed with how much it has grown over what seems like such a short time. I'm hoping that this next garden will be the one I get to enjoy for years and years!

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  18. How lovely - and how fortunate the new trustees of this special home and garden are. My very best wishes with your move and don't forget to plant some Narcissus 'Mint Julep' - I will certainly be looking out for the bulbs in September!

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    1. Thank you! Aren't they cute? I already have my catalog from Brent and Becky's Bulbs and am perusing for all the bulbs I want for next fall. A garden needs daffodils!

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  19. How nice it is that you can go back and visit your garden on your blog anytime! I know I have enjoyed it. It's nice to have you join us in cooler garden territory. There's nothing quite like a new garden.

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